Password Utility

I have another computer guy in town who is asking me to go crack the password on a 2000 server!  (not real keen on the idea).
I know that posting password crackers is probably outside the scope of what should be posted here, but if anyone can privately provide some advice, or if there is a known utility that can do that without harming the OS, I'd rather not take my chances with the one I have.
Christian NaefPresidentAsked:
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Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Hi Christian,

Here's one solution that should be able to do it for you safely.

Has support for Windows 2000

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Oh, and if you're after something that's "free", you could always try this one.
Christian NaefPresidentAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Andrew.  I'm going with the free trial of the enterprise version of the first one.
If it works as well as it advertises, I'm sure I'll end up purchasing it.
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Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
My pleasure Christian. Hope it helps you out. (It should)
Gary PattersonVP Technology / Senior Consultant Commented:
As long as it is a legitimate business purpose, we do "lost password" resets for customers.  We don't actually "crack" the password or recover it, we just use a tool (we've used the one mentioned above at several times in the past) to reset the admin password to a new value.

We don't do personal systems - just business systems,and we make sure to verify that the person requesting the service is authorized to have us reset the password - typically by contacting the owner - since this usually only happens in smaller businesses.   We also have them sign an authorization form, and ask them to document the business need: "employee of contractor left on bad terms and didn't turn over passwords" is a common one.
Christian NaefPresidentAuthor Commented:
Excellent advice!  I am a tech company, in this case subbing for another tech company, and already had them send me a non-liability clause!  We all know that there are times when this sort of help is legal and necessary, so curious kids - beat it!  

Both utilities above do NOT mention support for W2k Server (they say they work for 2003 and later), and the second states that it is not for an AD server, but has instructions behind an old non-working link.  

Additionally, the first utility trial version (windowspasswordrecovery) won't actually do the reset without purchase (note to those who do not test things out first...).  I don't have a W2k AD Server to test on.  Any first-hand experience to set my mind at ease?
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Both utilities above do NOT mention support for W2k Server

W2K and W2K Server are one and the same when it comes to password storage. Been a while since I've worked on W2000, but I always found that so long as a tool like this supported Windows 2000, it would equally support Windows 2000 Server. Both tools claim to support W2k so I don't think you should have any issue.

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew

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Gary PattersonVP Technology / Senior Consultant Commented:
Almost certain I've used on W2K Server in the past.  This tool has been around for a very long time, and in spite of it being a freebie, I've never had a problem with it.  It is very widely used.

Site says "Supports all Windows from NT3.5 to Win8.1, also 64 bit and also the Server versions (like 2003, 2008, 2012) ".  I don't think they meant to exclude Win2K server - just sloppy wording.
Scott SilvaNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Definitely in need of some software upgrades, although they are so old they might be off the radar for bots and other automated hacks... Not really worth the risk... I seem to remember booting into rescue mode with a 2000 CD would bypass the password security...
Christian NaefPresidentAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the advice.  The guy I was covering for ended up giving me PCUnlocker, which I tested on Windows 10, and it worked, but fortunately I got around having to hack the password on the server, which turned out to be 2008 R2, not 2000.  Nothing like not knowing what you're walking into.  Thanks for all the quick responses.
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