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    I will ensure I backup the entire server to an external hard drive before I even do anything with Acronis, that way if anything does go wrong all of the data is safe and restorable.

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    Be warned that if it is a domain controller the shift in date/time on restoration from an image could very well stuff active directory and other domain services. I don't think it will be too much of an issue if it is a stand alone controller however you should be aware that Windows servers don't like leaping through time!

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    I think I'll stick my CentOS in future!!, trust me I've tried to get out of this job but the company is under administration now trying to get back on its feet. Although Im very computer competent I've never really gone near Windows Server as never had a purpose too, I've asked a friend who used to work for the same company as me doing ICT installations and take overs and he's going to come with me to help out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    it might be worth checking the school safe to see if an admin password was placed in there for safekeeping or even seeing what other schools they support as some of them may know the password (assuming the company use a standard password across multiple sites) and may be willing to let you know it
    I don't think this guy is working in a school.

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    Do you have any passwords to access the server at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    I don't think this guy is working in a school.

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    I don't work in a school but I used to be a member here years ago and you guys always offered solid advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Do you have any passwords to access the server at all?
    I've phoned the owner, and manager -- They dont have any passwords at all, not even the wireless password.
    Would this work: HOW TO: Reset your Lost 2003 Active Directory Admin Password

    I can reset the local admin account with Hirens or Backtrack easily and use that tutorial?
    Last edited by BackCat3; 6th May 2011 at 02:07 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BackCat3 View Post
    I don't work in a school but I used to be a member here years ago and you guys always offered solid advice
    That's what I guessed from the description of the company.

    Quote Originally Posted by BackCat3 View Post
    I've phoned the owner, and manager -- They dont have any passwords at all, not even the wireless password.
    Would this work: HOW TO: Reset your Lost 2003 Active Directory Admin Password
    To do that you are still going to need to know the directory services restore password, this password is set when a server is promoted to be a domain controller.

    Just to double check the server you want to clone is a domain controller? the only domain controller for the whole company?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    That's what I guessed from the description of the company.



    To do that you are still going to need to know the directory services restore password, this password is set when a server is promoted to be a domain controller.

    Just to double check the server you want to clone is a domain controller? the only domain controller for the whole company?

    Ben
    Yes its the only server there.

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    Without knowing an admin password or a user with delegated permission you are stuffed.

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    just thinking out loud hereif you have an account that has permission to alter gpos it might be possible with a win7 pc (obviously needs to be joined to the domain but any user should be able to do that iirc) install rsat and create a policy that adds a user (or group) to the server users and local administrators groups at least then you could log onto the server

    adduserasadmin.jpg

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    If it's a domain controller local accounts and groups are not in play.

    Ben

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    Just out of interest, how many users do you have and who holds the software licensing information and install disks? One option is to install the new server as a completely new, recreated, domain. It's a bit of work. but could be an answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BackCat3 View Post
    I've asked a friend who used to work for the same company as me doing ICT installations and take overs and he's going to come with me to help out.
    DO you trust him? Does he know what he's doing?

    Because from the information you've given us if left to your self this job will end in tears.

    Are you really not in a position to walk away from it? You say the company are already in administration, what will happen to them if they end up without working IT systems?

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    I'm wondering how long it's going to take for disaster based on having no access to the server passwords.

    There must be legal avenues you can pursue to obtain the passwords from the previous IT company?

    Ben

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