How do I make my Dell PowerEdge Server 2003R2 boot from CD so I can hack the Admin password?

Unfortunately, I removed a 2003 server from the network without knowing the Admin password. I really need this server to be up because so many workflows use it. I downloaded a Linux password buster I have used many times--it says it is updated to do 2003 server. It boots my desktop.

The problem: Despite changing the server's BIOS to boot from CD first, it will not. I even tried disabling booting from the hard drive and then it complains.

Like I said, the CD seems to be good on another computer. Any ideas?
edison04Systems Analyst Sr.Asked:
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Norm DickinsonGuruCommented:
Try connecting a new DVD/CD drive and booting to that. Some of the older Dell drives do not like to boot for some reason. Either replace the connection that the current drive uses, or use a USB drive. Or just change which port the DVD/CD drive is connected to.
Maybe your "boot CD" is a "boot DVD". Many old servers didn't come with DVD drives...

Another thing, if your server was a domain controller your password resetting tool probably won't work anyway.

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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
I have the same server and it is a DC. I have only used a USB as an alternate boot device.  Once I did this with DBAN on a bootable USB. So I would definitely try the USB route.
edison04Systems Analyst Sr.Author Commented:
Yes, the drive was a CD drive and I was using a DVD. Good call.

Also, the Linux hive buster I used was on . I had to use an older version in order to have the Windows Server 2003 drivers included on it. I ended up using the USB version, changing the boot sequence in the BIOS back to Windows Drive first, the select the hard drive boot sequence below that to go to the USB first. Password changed.
try using Offline Windows Password & Registry Editor from
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