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Hi, I disjointed my server from the domain and I forgot the local administrator password of this server!!!!now I don't have the access to the server!!! I downloaded some free password recovery tools from internet but they are demo version!!! Could you please help me!!??? Thank you. ----- Regards Mahnaz

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I don’t think that there is a local password for win2003 especially that it was domain controller

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  • Dcsys99
    You can try knoppix -- www.knoppix.com -- it is a live linux CD that I believe still has a Win32 password cracker. You can also try to use Winternals ERD commander. It has a tool called locksmith that will recover your password. I believe the free emergency version allows you to do this.
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  • Buddyfarr
    yes there is a local admin password. you could try to do a search for ICWT (In Code We Trust). I have tried this on windows 2000 before and it has worked but I have not tried it on win2k3 so I do not know. you could also try the Ultimate Boot CD. some of these can find out what the password is or just simply reset it to whatever you like. just remember that if you have EFS (encrypted file system) setup on your system you will loose all files that are encrypted if you reset the password, (at least that is what I have read, we do not use EFS). hope that helps! Buddy
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  • Dgeiger
    Hello. I run into this problem every so often with Windows 2000 systems. I usually use Petter Nordahl-Hagen's Offline NT Password & Registry Editor. It requires physical access to the system, and I've only had a couple of systems that failed to boot from the CD. It can be found at: http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/ . Good luck! Don
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  • Acorn1
    Dgeiger, you beat me to it! Yes, I have also had good luck with the program he suggested. I don't believe I have tried it on a 2003 server, however...
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  • Marcola
    All of the above mentioned are good utilities but say you do not have access to any of them? If you have your Windows 2003 CD you can do the following... Here are step by step instructions on recovering your password with a Windows installation Disk. 1. Insert your Windows operating system CD into your CD drive and start your computer. Make sure that the Drive you selected is the bootable drive. 2. Usually your computer will state on the screen that it will now boot from the CD or that you will have to press a specific key to boot from the CD. Select the key to boot from the CD. 3. Now that the computer is booting from the CD, you will see an initial set up screen that says the computer is loading files. 4. After the computer loads some files, a welcome screen will pop up, follow the prompts and press enter to set up Windows. 5. The next prompt will be the licensing agreement; press accept. 6. Once you have accepted the licensing agreement, a set up screen will popup that will give you the option to do a repair. Select the repair option. 7. The repair option should start running immediately and might take a few minutes to check your disks, files, etc. 8. Once the computer has copied files and scanned your computer it will ask you to reboot your computer or it will automatically reboot your computer. You might see a message that your computer will reboot in 10 seconds. 9. When the computer reboots, do not press any keys. The computer will automatically reboot and you will see the Windows screen and you will see the message Installing Windows. 10. It is important to keep your eyes on the lower left corner of the screen. You will see a message pop up. It will state "Installing Devices". When you see this progress bar, immediately press "Shift + F10" 11. When you press Shift + F10 a command console will pop up giving you access to many system functions. 12. At the prompt enter the following: NUSRMGR.CPL and press enter. This input will give you access to your graphical access of your user accounts in your control panel. 13. Since you have forgotten your password, you can choose the account that you need to change or remove the password from. If you want to remove your password so that you no longer have to enter it when logging in, you can enter the following at the command prompt: "control userpasswords2". Once you have made the changes, close the window and close the command console. You can now continue with the repair. 14. Your computer will continue with the repair and ask you for your product ID, enter your product ID. Once your operating system starts up, you will be able to access all your user account with either the new password you created or no password at all. It is important to note that this strategy does not damage any of your files or settings. All of your files and settings should be intact. Hope this helps someone out there...
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  • Valborn
    The best solution is knoppix http://www.knoppix.com, is very easy to use and to recover the local admin password. Valborn
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  • Aliyani
    Windows Password Unlocker can recover Windows admin password for Windows 7/XP/Vista/NT/2000/2003.... I used Windows Password Unlocker to reset Windows Vista password. Windows Password Unlocker is a professional Windows password recovery tool for those who have lost or forgot Windows passwords including Windows Vista password, Windows XP password recovery...
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