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  • Unable to login after creating a pdc

    I have a very unique issue..

    I have a windows 2003 server in a 2000 domain lets call it DOMAIN1. I was logged in as domain administrator and installed 2003 AD on this computer creating a new domain DOMAIN2. After the install is complete, I rebooted the computer.

    Now, I see only DOMAIN2 in the login and I don't have the administrator password. No one in my company, a small company, has the password. This machine has loads of data and I do not want to loose it.. any help is appreciated... otherwise I am screwed

    Here are some of the reasons why I did the process and things I tried -
    We had loads of issues with the current PDC which is a 2000 machine. We have a brand new powerful DELL SC box that has W2k3 with sp1. Without affecting all the users, I was creating a PDC and planned to move all the computers to the new box.

    I tried the loginrecovery tool.. I keep getting that the message to check the keys..

    any help is greatly appreciated

  • #2
    Re: Unable to login after creating a pdc

    ERD COMMANDER has a program called locksmith which can reset administrator passwords personally i have never tried it on Domain Controller ....... but works a treat on workstations....


    • #3
      Re: Unable to login after creating a pdc

      didn't you follow ?
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      • #4
        Re: Unable to login after creating a pdc

        I don't really understand what you are trying to do or why! Nor do I understand how you can install a new server that is in Domain1 and make it Domain2 without knowing the administrator password.
        Are you sure you are giving us all the facts here?

        Steven Teiger [SBS-MVP(2003-2009)]
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        • #5
          Re: Unable to login after creating a pdc

          Was it you that setup the second domain???

          As this will have been a new domain, or was it, the administrator password is the same as what it was for the local machine.

          As teiger said what was the purpose of this??