restore server 2008 r2 password

got an older server , but we can not remember password , we will like to use it as a backup
how can we restore or replace password ?  windows server 2008 R2
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I like the utilman trick.  Used it dozens of times and it always has worked for me.  Google it - there's about 50,000 tutorials on how to use it.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Oops, only 28000 tutorials...
https://www.google.com/search?q=utilman+trick
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MFAITAuthor Commented:
it works same way with Windows server 2008 ??  
thanks
 let me try it   and will post results
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
It works for 2008, 2012, 2016, Windows 7, 8, 10 (haven't tried Vista and I don't think I tried XP or 2003...)
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CompProbSolvCommented:
If you're looking for a local password (vs. an AD password), that trick, as well as the boot program at https://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/ .
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The Utilman trick works for both AD and local accounts.  When used on a DC, it works for the AD admin account.  When used on a non-DC, it sets the local account.
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Just to note - I would probably wipe the machine, and reinstall from scratch.  I would not want any old cruft on the machine, and in my experience, this is normally a faster and less time consuming option as you don't have to sort out what was done previously, and guess about configuration.

If you do that, then the password(s) becomes irrelevant anyway.

Alan.
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MFAITAuthor Commented:
ok try your first option with password change ///  was not able after that to load server
then I  try 2nd option : reinstall    from scratch :   message  : (try this option with all 3 drives on server)
"We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one.  For more information, see the Setup log files."
formatted  HD    same message
run diskpart
 DISKPART.
SELECT DISK 2
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
ACTIVE
FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK
ASSIGN

Same result   help !!
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Sounds like you might have a hardware fault either on a drive or the controller.

I would say out the drives and test them individually to test for that.


Alan.
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MFAITAuthor Commented:
thanks but after all  taking out all drives but "main SSD" all work out .  No hardware failure on any of them .
After install  I reconnected the other drives and they worked

So for the record   if that message comes out leave only one drive  and it will work

1) take all drives but main one to install OS  (server 2012R in my case)
2)install OS  on drive
3) reconnect all drives  (you may need to put them "online")
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Cool - So you have been able to do the clean reinstall now?

Alan.
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MFAITAuthor Commented:
yeap .... thanks
pogostick    no good ..... after changing passw not able to boot again
clean install took a while until I realize the issue with other drives attached ..

now ready to roll ...
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MFAITAuthor Commented:
Alan : how do image a main server i have running now with all applications (we have out own app on SQL )  with all settings to this one  that i just rebuild ?   will like to keep the rebuild  one as a full working backup
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Hi,

Setting aside licensing, and if both are running directly in hardware (rather than VMs) then most imaging software should work just fine.

Personally, I like using a Live Linux distribution, a and using dd, but something such as Acronis is also a good option.

If the hardware is identical, it should be pretty simple.

Alan.
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MFAITAuthor Commented:
is the linux live distribution   free and will do the job of image  for Windows Server ?
thanks

where do i get that software ?
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AlanConsultantCommented:
Yep - Totally free, both gratis and libre (depending on what additional software you choose to install of course, but not an issue for this).

If download Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and write the ISO to either a DVD or USB stick.

Alan.
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CompProbSolvCommented:
The response answered the question thoroughly and accurately.
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