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Retrieving Server Administrator Passowrd

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Hello,

We took over a customers IT network and they have Server 2003. Now the previous IT guy did not provide the AD password. How can i retreive/reset it?
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by:Philip Elder
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Go here: http://bit.ly/1dAmLT7

Hover over the right side of the video to break out the Playlist.

Choose Episode 105. Write down the steps.

Takes about 5 minutes.

Please make sure to reset things back to the way they were!

Philip
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by:mlsbraves
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I've also used a program called chntpw alot that is quick and easy to reset LOCAL passwords. This won't help you reset AD passwords but is a nice tool to have:

http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/
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by:allen_rich
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You can logon with other domain admin account, access the local user and computers and reset the  administrator password.

For more information, please take a look at the following article :
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/189126/en-us
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Tony Giangreco earned 2000 total points
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We have done that before. An app I've used for years to reset the local pw's on all O/S's id Active@passwordchanger from lsoft.net

They has a routine that takes about 20 minutes to reset the domain administrator's password.  I've used it and it works well.
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by:Tony Giangreco
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Glad I could help!
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