Resetting a password on a server

Hi experts,

Let's say you have an SBS 2008 server with a default Administrator account. You also made an admin account that is not used and an account that is the account used for running the server.

If one loses the password to the account which is used to run the server, can you log into the admin account and reset the password?

Or if you didn't already have the second account, could you just make another account and use it to retrieve the password? It would seem that would be a security issue.

Thank you.

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WORKS2011Austin Tech CompanyCommented:
first thing to do is disable the administrator account, reason being is it's 50% of the security if someone is trying to hack into your system, for example it's 50% of username / password.

disable the administrator account and create another account with an entirely different name, its more secure this way.

you can also create a password recovery tool. Or, create another admin account and place the info in a secure place that only you are aware of incase the event you need to use it.
Bert2005Author Commented:
Hi WORKS2011,

Thanks for the tip on the Administrative account. I didn't know you could disable it without any ill effects.

Creating a password recovery tool is a good idea and you can make one from the Users window, which I just read. I also believe you can reset your password using your installation disk. And a million other ways if you Google reset password on 2008 server.

My question is (just as  you said) if you have that admin account, can you log into it and reset the account's password which you forgot? You should have access to it?
Have you trying doing it through Safe Mode? and you can change password for an admin account and once changed, logged off and log back in with new password...
is that what you are after?
VirastaRUC Tech Consultant Commented:

You can reset the password of your admin account if you can get into Directory Services Restore Mode in SBS 2008.
Check this....

What Username and Password Do I Need to Use for Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) in SBS 2008?

Hope that helps:)

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Bert2005Author Commented:
I generally don't like to reward everyone as it just seems to take the easy way out. But, all of these methods seemed valid and the last two worked. (I didn't change the password just to see), which I thought was a bit risky.

Thank you.
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