Access to cloned virtual server

Had a call in past few weeks where I got great advice on cloning a server I put it on different network and removed from domain but local login doesn't work

Is there a handy way to do this I Could always clone again use different network but make sure to add local login beforehand

Would be great to use took to reset local admin password
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Could re-clone after setting up local account with admin rights, if the local admin isn't reliable.
Could also create a Hiren's bootable media and rest the admin password of the current clone.

Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
Unlock local admin and change his password on Cloned Windows BEFORE you're remove it from domain.
This will give you access to local computer admin after server will be part of Workgroup.

You did not specified if this server has DC role before. If it has, then you can;t just remove it from domain.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The idea, is to have a Golden Master Template with all your changes you need, before you Deploy and rollout....

you are then not repeating the same, over and over, and wasting IT time, doing boring stuff, move on and do something more exciting, rather than the mundane.

Do you not have vCenter Server, which you can Deploy Templates from ?
Indie101Author Commented:
Thanks we have vCenter just it's an older server and one we're looking to clone a test a database on the server

I'll clone it again and change local admin account , put into different vlan and change name and ip thanks
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Create a Template, and work SMART!
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