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Reset domain Administrators account SBS2008

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Hi Experts,

I have inherited a customer where the admin has done a runner and not supplied the customer with the domain admins logon. The OS is server 2008 and the machine is a HP ML350 which I can assume by the drive bays has 2x Raid 1+0 Arrays.

I have done a bit of googling this morning and it appears there are a few tools to complete this task such as the spotmau powersuite 10, but I can't find any solid reviews that appear to be from actual users who have managed to complete the task.

I would prefer to resolve this without reinstalling if possible!

Thanks
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by:Rob Williams
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If it is a DC most of the free or inexpensive password tools will not work. You can buy enterprise software such as the following that will do the job for $300
http://www.lostpassword.com/windows-enterprise.htm

Alternatively, the following link will work, I have done so, but it involves many steps. Basically you reset the ASR password and then create a service that will automatically run when the server restarts to reset the password.http://www.petri.co.il/reset_domain_admin_password_in_windows_server_2008_ad.htm

There is a newer method that is easier with Server 2008 (not sure if it will work on 2003, though the necessary files do exist). The original site outlining this seems to be gone, but there is a YouTube video which shows the process:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar-VoO9ogHc&feature=player_embedded#

Of course I have to add, if possible backup the server first and there are no guarantees provided with this information.
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by:franklintech
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Thanks Robwill I will give youtube method a shot and get back to you.

Cheers!
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by:Rob Williams
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It works well. If it is difficult to follow I have the instructions from the original site I could provide, but wasn't anxious to do so as it could be seen as plagiarism where I cannot provide the source link..
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Additional instructions would be much appreciated. Hopefully will be able to visit the sire next tuesday and test this out. Cheers!
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Please see the following link for step-by-step instructions:
http://blog.lan-tech.ca/2011/10/05/reset-domain-administrator-password/
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Thanks mate, sorry it took so long to come back and accept the answer, I have been snowed under!
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