Virtaul Server 2003

Hello All,

Looking help . I have recently experience Vmware Exi4.0 Crash due to power failure. After  recovering it on of the Server which  SQL server 2003 Local admin account is locked.  I have no option to log into it and Domain admin or even Local Admin.  the Server is running critical application and databases. please help how to log into  it.

Asif NaeemSr. System Administrator ( Wintel & UNIX (AIX) Asked:
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Hi there

I would recommend you download this password recovery ISO from (the instructions are on this website but it's very straight-forward)

Boot your VM from the ISO and go through the prompts to reset the administrator password and/or unlock the account.

Give it a try. It's saved me a few times.


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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You may also experience, other VM  corruption, even after you have managed to login.
Asif NaeemSr. System Administrator ( Wintel & UNIX (AIX) Author Commented:
Thanks both of you, I have managed to log into VM machine and rejoin the Domain
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