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  • SBS 2003 Administrator Password Recovery

    I have a client with 6 users whose SBS 2003 SP2 server was hacked and the administrator password was changed.

    I tried the password recovery tools on this site. I have downloaded the programs referenced, and have not been able to obtain any access to the server. I have restarted the system in Directory Services Restore Mode, and do not have a local administrator account access either.

    Is a parallel install my only option?

    Thank you for your attention,

    Brenda

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    Re: SBS 2003 Administrator Password Recovery

    hi brenda,

    do you have any other administrative level accounts?

    If it was hacked, i'd consider nothing less than a rebuild anyway....
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    • #3
      Re: SBS 2003 Administrator Password Recovery

      Originally posted by bthomson2 View Post
      I have a client with 6 users whose SBS 2003 SP2 server was hacked and the administrator password was changed.

      I tried the password recovery tools on this site. I have downloaded the programs referenced, and have not been able to obtain any access to the server. I have restarted the system in Directory Services Restore Mode, and do not have a local administrator account access either.

      Is a parallel install my only option?

      Thank you for your attention,

      Brenda
      It is possible to a password recovery on a DC. But its a lengthy process and took me over 4 hours once. Although i have only ever done this on a DC and not SBS. But the premise should be the same. That said i echo the advice of TehCamel. If the server has been compromised then i would do a fresh install from scratch.
      Last edited by scurlaruntings; 8th December 2010, 13:58.

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      • #4
        Re: SBS 2003 Administrator Password Recovery

        If you rebuild the system, RENAME the Administrator password to something obscure. Make the bastards work a bit harder if they want to hack you. Also have a real good password and not an 8 character piss ant MS one.
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