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  • Admin account accidentially disabled in server 2003

    I have a business customer using server 2003. Recently, an empleyee got into the server (as Admin) and disabled all the user accounts. At present we are unable to get back into the server with any account.

    Is there a way to get back into server and restablish the admin account? I am told the company has not been preforming regular backups as such there is no achieve file to go back to. Any suggestions or help will be greatly valued.

    Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    Have a read of this and see if that helps.

    Also check the Forgot Administrator Password Forum.

    I hope this person is now an ex-empolyee.
    Joined: 23rd December 2003
    Departed: 23rd December 2015


    • #3
      enable admin account

      By default, Remote Installation Services (RIS) automatically disables the local Administrator account on Windows Server 2003 servers. For that matter, you can also disable this account manually if you want to increase the security of your servers. But what if you're called in to manage a server for which the Administrator account is disabled and there are no other user accounts with administrative access? In this scenario, you can enable the disabled Administrator account by booting the server into Safe mode.
      To do so, begin by restarting the server. When the Power-On Self Test (POST) routine completes, press [F8] to display the Windows Advanced Options menu. From this menu, select the Safe Mode option. Then, select the operating system you want to start. Next, log on to Windows Server 2003 as Administrator. When the boot process completes, open the Computer Management console. (On the Start menu, right-click on My Computer and choose Manage.) In the console tree, expand Local Users And Groups. Select Users, and in the details pane, right-click on Administrator and choose Properties. Deselect the Account Is Disabled check box and click OK to save your changes. You can now restart the server and log on with the Administrator user account.

      Good Luck

      Good Luck


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