directory services restore mode , password unknown how to get in, help

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i have a customer who has a failed dc. it is the only dc for the domain.
i am attempting a bare metal recovery.
i am getting a blue screen saying that i need to login using directory services restore mode.

the DSRM password is unkown.

how can i reset it? can i blank it out?

can i use offline nt password?

any suggestions is greatly appreciated.
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Top Expert 2014

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what is the current status are you able to restore windows  and able to see login screen ?

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yes i am seeing the login screen . i got the blue screen saying i had to login to DSRM.
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Try to reset the local admin (DSRM) password first.

http://www.howtogeek.com/106333/how-to-reset-your-forgotten-domain-admin-password-on-server-2008-r2/

After that start the system in DSRM mode and continue your task.
got into DSRM

ntds.dit was corrupted.

ran esentutl and repaired the db.

rebooted.

works.
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