Windows Server 2008 Thread, Forgotten Domain admin password. in Technical; Hi, In a fairly sticky situation, a friends small business has one server, running Windows small business server 2008. It ...
9th June 2010, 06:50 PM #1
Forgotten Domain admin password.
Hi, In a fairly sticky situation, a friends small business has one server, running Windows small business server 2008. It is the DC. There is one account with domain rights, the domain admin and the password has been forgotten. Besides a format anyone got any ideas?
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9th June 2010, 07:01 PM #2
9th June 2010, 07:25 PM #3
Originally Posted by Potato-Peeler
9th June 2010, 08:34 PM #4
I think this will only reset the local password. As the server is a DC it will be an active directory password.
Originally Posted by andydis
9th June 2010, 08:56 PM #5
The bottom line of the blurb on that site says
Originally Posted by FN-GM
Maybe it will do the domain one.
There are a bunch of commercial tools to reset the administrator password, but there is no need for it! Furthermore most of them seem to reset just the local administrator account's password, rather than the domain administrator password.
9th June 2010, 08:58 PM #6
maybe then, i didnt read that
9th June 2010, 09:00 PM #7
Be good if the OP let us know, it's probably a useful thing to have around
9th June 2010, 09:31 PM #8
Wow... you can just spot the folk who haven't ever spent time tunnelling geeky dos shell commands littered with ampersands and carets through itsy-bitsy-little-holes a mile off!
The only niggling doubt I've got is whether WRP might notice you've changed utilman, but assuming you've got a cmd shell runnning in local system context **on a domain controller** net user accountname... definitely operates on AD accounts (and if it that weren't the case you could always throw a /domain on the end of the command).
 In which case there will likely be some other suitable service binary you can temporarily replace that's outside the protective umbrella.
10th June 2010, 07:42 PM #9
Cheers for the advie people, I will hopefully be testing it tomorrow
11th June 2010, 12:06 AM #10
Maybe boot the server with KON-BOOT - ULTIMATE WINDOWS/LINUX HACKING UTILITY :-), then change the password to something new.
18th June 2010, 06:53 PM #11
Did the way where you change utilman.exe to a cmd prompt, and it works great!
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