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Windows 2003 SBS domain admin password reset

Posted on 2012-08-20
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I have seen plenty of articles on this and have been able to do this on Windows 2003 Server DC and also Windows 2008 DC, I am not sure if I am missing something but is there any difference with Windows 2003 SBS that would keep Petri procedure from not working?
I have reset the local admin account, and followed the procedure below.

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I have done so successfully with SBS 2003 on more than one occation.  You may wish to review my blog which shows a newer method for 2008 but I did get an e-mail saying they used it on 2003.
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please check my article. This is for local admin password but this is applicable for domain admin password by typing domainname\administrator in the command.


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Although both of these solutions would work the question was is there anything different with Windows 2003 SBS versus Windows 2003 Standard. I had downloaded Passware's Windows Key Enterprise Sunday night I just didn't have a Windows 2003 SBS Installation Set and Passware requires the disk to create a bootable disk to reset the Domain Admin Password.
 I did download one and it worked perfectly. After that I created a disk from Windows 2003 Standard ran it against a image of the SBS server same result. Unlocked Domain Admin Account
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by:Rob Williams
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>>"Although both of these solutions would work the question was is there anything different with Windows 2003 SBS versus Windows 2003 Standard"

No so long as the 2003 standard is a DC.  The Active directory structure is identical.  SBS does have forest limitations but that is unrelated to password access.

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