troubleshooting Question

windows 2003 local password - forgotten

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Windows Server 2003Active DirectoryWindows Server 2008
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hi i can logon to my file printer server win 2003 domain successfully.

qns1.  i have forgotten my local password and wish to be able to take member server off the domain and eventually put it back!!

note: i have just used an old disc that recovers passwords etc and after this software detecting a single 'sam' it located user accounts so i selected admin account and saw that 'clear password' was auto selected.

when logging on locally it appears to logon successfully now with no password, but it then prompted a windows to change password so i selected no and did not complete the following:

- old password
- new password
- retype password

it has still continued to logon normally!

- ive now logged off locally and logged onto domain successfully as usual.
- ive now removed this server from the domain successfully
- when logging on locally it still prompts: "your password expires today.  do you want to change it now" - ive selected cancel and it lets me logon locally without a password as expected!

qns1.  can anyone advise on how to go about setting a local password and get back to normal ?
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