Reset Password on Windows 2003 Enterprise Server

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    first of all, thank you very much for the incredible work you have done assembling all this information.

    I am trying to reset the password for some Windows 2003 Enterprise Server machines. I just took them over, and the administrators that used to work on them have left the company.

    I have tried to reset the password for the local Administrator (using Petter Nordahl-Hagen’s Offline NT Password & Registry Editor), with success, and tried to login locally in the Directory Service Restore Mode.

    However, the previous administrators have, I think, removed the option to login locally for security purposes. I only see the login screen and clicking options changes nothing, basically.

    I am a bit stuck now and would be very glad if you could help me. I have physical access to the machines and whatever I can do with a Linux bootdisk, I can do.

    Thank you very much for your help,



    [Solved] Re: Reset Password on Windows 2003 Enterprise Server

    Hello everyone,

    please excuse me for the maybe useless post, I had been successful on so many machines and didn’t know what to do with the Windows 2003 “behaviour”. :)

    So here’s the explanation: (got it from the Petter Nordahl-Hagen’s website)

    When you reset the password, and it says “filesystem locked”, it is actually a “fatal” error (I thought the program would work around it) and nothing has been written to the filesystem. I think this appears with Windows 2003 Server more (or only?), compared to the older or desktop versions.

    Problem fix: reboot the PC in Safe Mode (Press F8 after the BIOS screen/screens), then shut down the server properly. You might need to do this twice, according to Petter Nordahl-Hagen, one was enough for me.

    Then everything works as described.

    Have a nice day!



    Re: Reset Password on Windows 2003 Enterprise Server

    Felix, thank you for posting back with your experience about this as I am sure it will help others with a problem like yours in the future. Your consideration is greatly appreciated and I hope we see you back here again when time (or problems) permit. :beer:

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