Lost password on windows 2000 server. Blanked password, but still unable to login

Discussion in 'Security Software' started by Rob, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. Rob

    Rob Guest

    Unfortunately the password on this server was changed by someone and
    they are unable to remember it -even after 6 weeks to think about it.
    Since I have local access to the server, I have downed the server
    -hard- used NT Offline Password Recovery Tool to blank out the
    password, set a disk check and rebooted. This has not worked.
    I tried the logon of the person who did this, who may have had
    sufficient access rights, but found they are only part of Local
    Administrators group as these credentials were also refused. I downed
    the server again later, and took an extract of the SAM for the
    administrator, which shows that it really has been zeroised, as it now

    The server is a Small Business Server 2000, running Exchange, Proxy
    Server, DNS, DHCP, File and Print services. It has 2 ethernet cards and
    has ISA server to restrict access to the internet according to users.

    I also have remote access via Logmein, and when I try that, I get the
    message "Logon Failure: User account restriction 1327"

    Anyone have any ideas on what to try next, or how to get around this

    Alternatively, if I need to reinstate a password, I have tried the NT
    Offline Password Recovery Tool , but it doesn't work as hoped, so I
    blanked the password again. Anyone know a better product, or have any

    I also have a virtually duplicate server at another site, is there any
    way I can use the SAM there to copy oiver the Administrator password,
    or manually type in the same encrypted password -which would be known-,
    or use it in any way to get back into the server with the lost
    password? I don't want to lose the AD by swapping out the SAM -if can
    you can still do that, and it is not securitised-, I am really just
    wanting to get back in as Administrator.

    Does anyone have any suggestions of new avenues to explore?

    Many thanks in advance

    Rob, Sep 22, 2006
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  2. Rob

    Malke Guest

    For Windows 2000 server see this site:


    Malke, Sep 24, 2006
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  3. Rob

    Rob Guest

    Thanks, just had a quick look at the page and it seems to be exactly
    what I need.

    Much appreciated.

    Rob, Sep 25, 2006
  4. Rob

    Malke Guest

    You're very welcome. I hope it works for you.

    Malke, Sep 25, 2006
  5. Be careful here.

    From what you have said, you have been zapping the Administrator
    account password of the local SAM, but this is on an SBS server
    which means it is a domain controller. The local SAM's Administrator
    account is only used for DS restore mode operations.

    Apparently you are wanting to break into AD and get access to the
    password for some Domain Admin group member.

    But, perhaps I am misreading what it is you are trying to do.

    Roger Abell [MVP], Sep 26, 2006
  6. Rob


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    kevin08, Nov 19, 2009
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