Missing Admin PW for Windows 2003 server

April 26, 2011 at 09:18:33
Specs: Windows 2003 server
Our previous IT person changed the password on our Windows 2003 server before he left the company, took the install disk with him, and we have no way to go in and do maintenance. How do I reset the admin password on 2003 server?

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April 26, 2011 at 09:33:08
Your best bet is to contact the guy and ask him for the password and the install disk. If he did it to make things difficult for you it's a criminal offence and he could be looking at a few years in jail. I'm sure if you put it to him that way he'll play ball.

Obviously no-one here is going to tell you how to bypass the admin password on a Windows server. Unfortunately we have no way of establishing your credentials and could be unwittingly aiding someone in a criminal pursuit.

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April 27, 2011 at 16:17:47
I was looking for a procedure. This is not the answer I wanted. After this response you gave me, I searched on the net and found many persons that gave me good, sound advice, and I reset the password. I'm not flaming you.... you should re-think your personal policies. If you are unable, or unwilling to help, then do not reply to this kind of question.

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April 27, 2011 at 16:21:40
ShepherdCenter those same "helpful" people are the same ones that will give you advice that will nuke your server.

ijack actually took the high ground. As he pointed out we can't determine your motivation or even if you are the true owner of this server.
Someone giving you advice to hack a password could be committing a criminal offense.
His response is what the responsible people on the web give to a question like yours.

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
How to properly post a question:
Sorry no tech support via PM's

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April 27, 2011 at 23:51:19
If your problem is as you originally stated it, then I believe that you are making a big mistake. You have a sysadmin who has deliberately changed the Administrator password and stolen your installation media. You have now solved your immediate problem of access.

What you do not know is what else this guy might have done to your server. What other accounts might he have compromised, and what backdoors or time bombs might he have installed? You may find that out the hard way. Unless you contact the guy, tell him that you know what he has done, and make it quite clear that you are prepared to take action against this criminal activity, your server will never be secure.

Sometimes the easy way out is not the best way. I realise that you will find this advice as welcome as my original reply. Let's hope that I'm wrong; your business might depend upon it.

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