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SAM and SYSTEM hive

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With local  ladmin rights - can the admin copy the SAM and SYSTEM registry hives from a windows server? If not how can copies be obtained?
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I believe these files are not able to be copied while windows is running. I think you can access these files with a bootable linux CD or you may also be able to copy them using a tool like NT Offline.

http://www.pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/
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I wondered if ntbackup would work
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by:Ashok Dewan
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you can copy only registry hives but not sam file. Download any mini windows live cd or any linux live cd.
1. Ubuntu
2. knoppix
these are bootable live cd's
http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download
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sorry you also cannot copy registry hives.
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Another option you can try is this.

1. Create a restore point.
2. Open C:\System Volume Information\_restore{0145FC50-D40A-42A0-A56A-275EF2B2493B} folder and locate the latest restore folder starting with RP**.
3. In RP** folder, open snapshot folder. Where u can find all 5 OS hives restored.

Original posting here.
http://www.firewall.cx/ftopicp-21828.html
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or hook the drive to a working pc to copy the files
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Its a live (v important server) so powering it down is out the equation or taking drives out.

I am suprised you cant just ntbackup the config folder :( then access them from a restored backup
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