How to recover or reset domain administrator password of DC running on windows 2008 R2 ?

Posted on 2014-02-10
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Last Modified: 2014-03-03
I forgot the domain admin password of my DC. Even i don't know the DSRM password. How can i reset the domain admin password.
Question by:vijaydawda
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by:Pradeep Dubey
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by:Sasha Kranjac
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Take a look at this solution How to logon using the expired domain administrator password in W2012 domain

This trick works way down to NT server, although slightly modified.
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Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
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There is NO NEED to download a third party boot CD.  Just boot to your Windows Server DVD or a Windows Vista/7/8 DVD.  

See Episode 105 of the Crack the Cred series here:
And pay attention on how to prevent this in the future because while this will be handy for you today, it's a security issue that should be addressed - ENCRYPT your DC!

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Thanks for your valuable comments. Issue solved using renaming the utilman.exe to cmd.exe and using netuser command at logon.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Curious then, why did you select the answer that you selected - the Utilman trick was illustrated in the video I told you to watch?

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HI Lee,

I did not checked your video, because i resolved the issue before that time. But i appreciate your exact solution. Thanks for the support.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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In my opinion, since I posted my comment BEFORE you posted your comment, regardless of how you found the solution, I should be credited with the answer.  Certainly not a post that was NOT in fact your answer.  (This holds true for any post - I don't know if it's a "rule" on EE - but I think it should be - if your solution was posted before you stated the issue was resolved, then the person who posted it deserves the credit).

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