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SBS 2008 password reset

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Had a SBS 2008 server for no known reason not recognize password for admin equivalent.

Tried a couple resets from UBCD and such,but it doesn't show any of the users I know are there except the ones that are disabled(admin and guest).

And those don't work because they are disabled.

Also tried the Windows boot and utilman rename and no go.

Any ideas?
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Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer Lindows
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Have you tried booting into Directory Services Restore Mode (F8 before booting)
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No,is there a trick I should be aware of?
Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer Lindows
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Yes there is but i needed to Google it. It involves the DSRM password. A step by step is provided Here
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Look at the Crack the Cred series by Scorpion software.  It will explain how to reset the password in seconds and show you why physical security is VITALLY IMPORTANT.
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What did not work with the utilman fix?
I.e. Utilman is replaced with cmd.exe.

When you the call up the utility, a command window with administrative(system() level rights cones up and can be used to enable/correct/set permissions.
Do a search for Offline registry and password editor.  download version cd110511.zip and create a bootable cd from the iso.  Boot from CD as long as the Linux that it loads can id the disk controller you should be able to reset the admin pwd.  What probably happened is whoever setup the server and originally set the password didn't go into the ad user/comp and change the admin account to never expire.
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It was one of those "good" ideas that M$ came up with to expire the admin pass after 180 as default .
This was a backup server I hadn't put in production,so when I tried to get it on line ,I get the password error.

I tried the Linux route(cd110511.zip) and because the admin was disabled ,no go.

As for ultiman,I did a netuser for the admin account,but because it was disabled and the other user accounts weren't there ,it was no go.

I just started again from scratch.

What a pain!
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when you have a command window, you can always add a /domain admin user or enable/reset password for the existing one.
2008 has powershell commandletts that can be used.
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arnold

Give me the powershell command to enable or recreate the administrator and the points are yours.

Otherwise it was a start from zero solution and punt.
Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer Lindows
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A ps. script to enable local accounts is descibed here
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