I have a bit of a problem... A client has changed the administrator password on their server at the expiry date and now has forgotten what the password is! This has left me in a bit of a mess as i need to be able to resolve issues on their network and now cant.
Here's where i'm currently at with it, and since i've practically pulled all my hair out today i'd really like some other hints!
I have discovered that you can login to the system with another user account, but of course this is not local admin or domain admin so i can not reset passwords. Using this account i did try the net user command from CMD but got a permission denied error as expected.
I've tried using the SBS2008 disc going into repair and running CMD, but this utility doesn't see the server hard drive!
I've downloaded this: http://www.stellarinfo.com/password-recovery/windows-server-password-recovery.php
and this does seem to have got me somewhere, but here's the problem i then get... Firstly, their application crashed resetting the password the first time, so i restarted the server in hope and this time it seemed slightly promising! The server actually went through applying computer settings on reboot, but then changed to 'Applying default security policy' which it's never done before. Still, it didn't work.
So the next time, i ran the software and used CMD once in, firstly i ran 'net user Administrator /active:yes' followed by 'net user Administrator PASSWORDHERE'. All changes applied successfully, but upon reboot, it ran the same security policy setting and needless to say the administrator account isn't.
Now I've reached the end of my thoughts, what can i do? Reinstalling the server software simply isn't an option. Fundamentally everything works.... i just can't change anything!
Any help really would be greatly appreciated and to whoever helps resolve it, i may consider sending a packet of Biscuits!