Server not recognizing password

April 18, 2009 at 12:30:01
Specs: Windows Server 2008
I am a DB intern for a retail store/web bike shop that has several different OS and eventually wants to merge everything to Windows Server 2008. On my first day the IT head and I were setting my account up in Server 2008 and granting full Admin privileges to my user so I could help with basically everything on the IT side of things. When we went to reaccess the Server 2008 to make sure everything was set up correctly, my username and password would not work. When we tried to reaccess the administrator user on the same box, it says the password is incorrect. The same password we had just used 10 minutes before was no longer working and my new admin level user was not working either. The IT head who is also the co-owner of the company has been out of comission across the country and unable to help (he says he has never had this happen and would appreciate if I could figure it out).

I am honestly at a loss and want to avoid reinstalling the Server if possible. From what I have gathered is that most password recovery software is configured for Server 2003 and before,and that Server 2008 has different way of accessing the info.

Any help would be extremely appreciated!!!!


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#1
April 18, 2009 at 19:55:53
http://www.petri.co.il/change_user_...

Try that from a workstation.

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#2
April 19, 2009 at 15:31:16
This method you linked to requires me to log in as administrator first... and is not for Windows Server 2008...

I keep thinking I'm just going to have to reinstall Server 2008. If anyone else can find anything I could use it. Thanks!


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#3
April 19, 2009 at 19:59:25
Yea, but is says that you can login as administrator from another machine.

Before you reinstall, what about connecting the HD to another PC with a USB enclosure?
Does 2008 use SAM files that can be deleted?

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#4
April 20, 2009 at 11:28:21
No, it says:

"my username and password would not work. When we tried to reaccess the administrator user on the same box, it says the password is incorrect. The same password we had just used 10 minutes before was no longer working ".

I'm sorry if this was misleading, but that meant that the Administrator was not accepting its password anymore and no one could log onto Server 2008 anymore. That included the computer workstation we had been using for the duration of the day, which was to emphasize this was a sudden issue and was not an incident of hardware or network.

As far as I have researched, 2008 does not use SAM files (google does not come up with anything) but more importantly I did not find anything specifically saying 2008 does not use SAM files. Once again though I would still need to get into the system to be able to run any of this and right now I am not able to do anything with it since I have zero access. The network and Windows Server 2008 is new enough that reinstalling would not be the worst thing in the world, I was always taught there are 12 ways of doing something, it is just a matter of finding the way that works for the particular situation. Thank you for the input and help!


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#5
April 20, 2009 at 13:32:40
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260575

It's for 2000 but as a last chance, it might work.

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#6
May 3, 2009 at 00:23:04
May You Use :
Administrator
+
The Password Assigned To You

Thankx


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