Server Password

Hi Guys,
is there a way to access a server without knowing the local or domain password? Windows Server 2012
jag bAsked:
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Boot off a boot cd,  Unless the system is encrypted.  Then no.  You probably want something else but you need to be more specific.
MASEE Solution Guide - Technical Dept HeadCommented:

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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Access it meaning Login? Or accessing file shares? If you do have permissions to the server on some directory or share you can try to UNC "\\servername\sharename\" without using a password. However if you want to login then you will require permissions to login to the server using your own credentials.

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jag bAuthor Commented:
no-one does not know the domain password or local password to get into the server... - I mean in login into the server
MASEE Solution Guide - Technical Dept HeadCommented:
My article will help you to reset the local admin password if you have windows media/DVD.
Article is for 2008/7 but the same can be used for 2012 by renaming sethc.exe
jag bAuthor Commented:
mas - further to this i get to - X:\Sources
when trying to go to : c: get error "the system cannot find the drive specified"  - the OS is definatly on the C drive
MASEE Solution Guide - Technical Dept HeadCommented:
You will have to check for windows folder in C drive and D drive by typing Dir
Go to C drive by typing C:
Go to D drive by typing D:
Then type dir to list the folders
In your case C drive maybe  system drive
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you had explained what was going on I would have been able to post a link to this sooner to a video demonstrating in 5 minutes how to use utilman and any Windows Vista or later DVD (including server) can be used to regain access very quickly.

In the future, consider posting details in your question and explain the context.  Faster, more accurate answers will then be presented.
jag bAuthor Commented:
please see attached screen shot
jag bAuthor Commented:
I've asked to reopen
MASEE Solution Guide - Technical Dept HeadCommented:
Seems like your OS is not installed in C or D.
Please try to find the "Windows" folder to change password.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
More likely, the drivers necessary for your RAID controller are not loaded so the boot CD/DVD cannot see the hard drive to use the utilman (or similar trick).  You have to load the drivers for the RAID controller.
MASEE Solution Guide - Technical Dept HeadCommented:
Agree with Lee
jag bAuthor Commented:
Guys - this is a test environment and no RAID has be configured  - 100% the OS has been installed on the C drive.... the CD used was a standard iso image..
MASEE Solution Guide - Technical Dept HeadCommented:
Type  below commands and check your HDD/partitions are listed
LIST Volume

If you cannot see your disk/partition your HDD needs driver to get detected.
jag bAuthor Commented:
Mas Thanks  - i will try this tomorrow  as im out the office today. will get back to you guys then
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Is there any chance you will provide more detail so we can help you more effectively?  Like what kind of server this is?  This is the first I'm hearing it's a test environment - it's getting very frustrating for me advising you based on professional standards only to find out you may not be following them.

This is Server 2012 - the assumption is that it's installed on a Server class system if it's not a VM.

Either way, if your not seeing your C: drive it's either bitlockered in which case there is NO WAY to recover it, or you don't have the proper disk controller driver - which is VERY VERY commonly a RAID controller but COULD be another type of controller.
MASEE Solution Guide - Technical Dept HeadCommented:
Even me too I am not 100% clear on your query.
Please give more details to provide you a better and easy solution.
jag bAuthor Commented:
Guys  - Sorry for the confusion - please see screen shot... Basically this server had no Raid configuration.. and when trying out MAS original solution i could not see the C drive listed... so i did a : DISKPART / LIST Disk & LIST Volume   - i could see the volume but no letter assigned - so then i did a "Select Volume 1" - "assign letter=C" .  Then when doing a List Volume i can see the C drive now - for some reason the letter was not assigned to the volume...

Basically i tested this above on my test environment before doing this in production... and have applied the fix that MAS first suggested has has worked... sorry for the confusion guys...
MASEE Solution Guide - Technical Dept HeadCommented:
Glad to know it is fixed
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