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I have a windows 2003 server which i do not know the password for. This machine is a domain controller. I do have carbonite running which has all the data backed up, i really don't want to reload the machine and restore all the data. Is there a way to clear this password without having to reload?
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by:Anuroopsundd
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if this machine is a Domain controller then any domain admin should be able to login....
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by:motnahp00
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ERD Commander?
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by:xpresscomp
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there is 1 domain admin which i do not know the password for, i will try erd later, although i was under the impression it didn't work for an active directory password
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Darius Ghassem earned 100 total points
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Here are some options on your Domain Admin password.

http://www.petri.co.il/reset_domain_admin_password_in_windows_server_2003_ad.htm

http://mcpmag.com/articles/2006/06/20/lost-domain-admin-password-panic.aspx

There are some steps you must take so, please read links.
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by:xpresscomp
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I was doing some research on my own and found similar answers with the 2 links you provided, this seems to be the right answer, i'll attempt later but am very confident this will fix the problem
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