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    Even if I cannot transfer the servers the most important thing is that I save all of there data as there worried the IT company will remotely connect and disable there access.

    I've got Acronis Backup & Recovery with Universal Restore that will let me install drivers into the image so when I put it on new hardware it will work, I've tried and tested it here at my home today so I know it works from SCSI to SATA on Windows 2003, so the main thing is the password. If I cannot transfer all of the data, then I'll just extract all of the user files and have to do a new Windows Installation, but at least all there documents will be safe.

    As far as the owner tells me the IT company just wants the money there trying to negotiate, but for 30k (Just for the servers, not including thin clients/monitors/networking equipment) not really worth it.


    If I reset the local admin password, I should still be able to navigate the hard drive to C:\Users and save the data right? (Even if theres no local account I could still get in via bootable linux and save data).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    I take it you are not a techie then? How old is your current server out of interest, and what make/model is the new one? I'm afraid the problem you have is that we (tehies that is) never image servers, which is why server migrations (as they are called) can be so fraught, as every single user, file and specialist piece of software must be reinstalled and reconfigured each time we do it. I'd like to know how they came to a 30,000 quote though!
    I have to agree with Dos_Box here, imaging a server really isn't a good idea. You're going to need the administrator account password no matter what. The standard way is to join the server to the domain as a member server, promote it, then transfer roles.

    At this point you could take your time and transfer other services or applications one by one.

    If the existing server uses RAID1 or RAID5 for example, this would/could add complications to the imaging process. I just wouldn't do it

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    If the server has hardware raid then it's possible to boot from a rescue cd and recover data, if it's software raid then no chance.

    There is no local administrator account whilst it is a domain controller.

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    God I hope they left a sticky note with the password on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BackCat3 View Post
    God I hope they left a sticky note with the password on.
    Check under the keyboard and the mouse mat!

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    So has the company who've asked you to do the work paid for the hardware you'll be working on or not? Do they own it outright or are they leasing? If money is outstanding (as it appears) can you legally transfer the software?

    Spidey sense would be telling me to GTFO, but you've confirmed that's not an option.

    Get it all in writing to cover yourself.

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    They've bought all the new equipment, servers, switches, hard drives, software so I could start a-fresh if I needed too.

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    Another problem is its like 3 hours away from me too... Pretty annoying. I managed to get a users remote desktop account and connect through there static IP on remote desktop, just going to have a look at af ew things.
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    SHIZA! I just went \\Server and theres like backup archive files in there EVERY FOLDER IS ACCESSIBLE if you just browse through the backup program
    In Device Manager: IBM ServeRAID 8/8k-I Controller - Will that cause problems if I try to image it?
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    I think pete's right - sounds like you could be on the wrong side of the law. If you don't have access to administrator passwords then I'm sure there's a very good reason, most likely written in a contract somewhere, in which case you would have no defence in a court of law. Also, if the IT company is in administration, and your company is leasing the server, surely the server belongs to the liquidators and you have no rights to it at all now, even to use it?

    Since you say you have new equipment and can start afresh, I suggest you don't waste any more time and do just that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timzim View Post
    I think pete's right - sounds like you could be on the wrong side of the law. If you don't have access to administrator passwords then I'm sure there's a very good reason, most likely written in a contract somewhere, in which case you would have no defence in a court of law. Also, if the IT company is in administration, and your company is leasing the server, surely the server belongs to the liquidators and you have no rights to it at all now, even to use it?

    Since you say you have new equipment and can start afresh, I suggest you don't waste any more time and do just that.
    Surely they should be allowed to backup/take there data? Its only right.

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    GUYS!! I found the Administrator password in the root directory of Program Files on the server in a filenamed delete.txt!!

    How should I proceed to transfering the data to the new server?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BackCat3 View Post
    GUYS!! I found the Administrator password in the root directory of Program Files on the server in a filenamed delete.txt!!
    This is now officially the most entertaining thread I've seen all week.

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    You're sure they don't owe that 30K to "My mate Jeff, who really knows computers 'cos he put go-faster stripes on an Xbox"?

    I mean, if the company you're working for wished to dispute the 30K owed, leaving a domain admin password in clear text where a bog-standard user can grab it (not to mention share permissions) is pretty clearly failing to do their job. What was the timestamp on the file? How long had it been sat there for anyone to fiddle with?

    *grabs popcorn*

    Document what you find.

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    There are folders called Ganja and Weed on the desktop with installers in, wtf is this IT company.
    Windows Updates is completely disabled, god knows when the last time they updated, IE6 anyone?
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