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Anonymous
August 22, 2005 11:37:47 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.active_directory,microsoft.public.win2000.general,microsoft.public.win2000.networking,microsoft.public.win2000.security (More info?)

Apologies for the cross-post, not sure where this should really be.

I have a problem and I'd like to know what my options are.

Today I had to install a new domain controller on a site, unfortunately the
old one died and for reasons too complex to go into here the directory wasnt
able to be restored.

My intention was for the workstations to simply leave the old domain, reboot
and then join the new one - unfortunately it turns out the local admin
password has been set to something the client has no record of, so I now
have 2 machines that arent in a domain, the only local user account is Admin
(to my knowledge) and they dont know what the password is.

At this stage I'm guessing I'm stuck with rebuilding these 2 machines but I
just thought I'd check if anyone had any suggestions on how I could avoid
this?

Thanks
Anonymous
August 22, 2005 11:37:48 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.active_directory,microsoft.public.win2000.general,microsoft.public.win2000.networking,microsoft.public.win2000.security (More info?)

Might this link work for you?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/272530/EN-US/

--
Cary W. Shultz
Roanoke, VA 24012
Microsoft Active Directory MVP

http://www.activedirectory-win2000.com
http://www.grouppolicy-win2000.com



"Ash Ridley" <ash.ridley@deletethis.ash-ridley.net> wrote in message
news:%23Zfu0i0pFHA.620@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> Apologies for the cross-post, not sure where this should really be.
>
> I have a problem and I'd like to know what my options are.
>
> Today I had to install a new domain controller on a site, unfortunately
> the
> old one died and for reasons too complex to go into here the directory
> wasnt
> able to be restored.
>
> My intention was for the workstations to simply leave the old domain,
> reboot
> and then join the new one - unfortunately it turns out the local admin
> password has been set to something the client has no record of, so I now
> have 2 machines that arent in a domain, the only local user account is
> Admin
> (to my knowledge) and they dont know what the password is.
>
> At this stage I'm guessing I'm stuck with rebuilding these 2 machines but
> I
> just thought I'd check if anyone had any suggestions on how I could avoid
> this?
>
> Thanks
>
>
Anonymous
August 22, 2005 11:37:48 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.active_directory,microsoft.public.win2000.general,microsoft.public.win2000.networking,microsoft.public.win2000.security (More info?)

See the link below for a free downloadable utility that works. --- Steve

http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.ht...

"Ash Ridley" <ash.ridley@deletethis.ash-ridley.net> wrote in message
news:%23Zfu0i0pFHA.620@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> Apologies for the cross-post, not sure where this should really be.
>
> I have a problem and I'd like to know what my options are.
>
> Today I had to install a new domain controller on a site, unfortunately
> the
> old one died and for reasons too complex to go into here the directory
> wasnt
> able to be restored.
>
> My intention was for the workstations to simply leave the old domain,
> reboot
> and then join the new one - unfortunately it turns out the local admin
> password has been set to something the client has no record of, so I now
> have 2 machines that arent in a domain, the only local user account is
> Admin
> (to my knowledge) and they dont know what the password is.
>
> At this stage I'm guessing I'm stuck with rebuilding these 2 machines but
> I
> just thought I'd check if anyone had any suggestions on how I could avoid
> this?
>
> Thanks
>
>
Anonymous
August 23, 2005 2:26:06 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.active_directory,microsoft.public.win2000.general,microsoft.public.win2000.networking,microsoft.public.win2000.security (More info?)

Thanks guys - much appreciated


"Ash Ridley" <ash.ridley@deletethis.ash-ridley.net> wrote in message
news:%23Zfu0i0pFHA.620@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> Apologies for the cross-post, not sure where this should really be.
>
> I have a problem and I'd like to know what my options are.
>
> Today I had to install a new domain controller on a site, unfortunately
the
> old one died and for reasons too complex to go into here the directory
wasnt
> able to be restored.
>
> My intention was for the workstations to simply leave the old domain,
reboot
> and then join the new one - unfortunately it turns out the local admin
> password has been set to something the client has no record of, so I now
> have 2 machines that arent in a domain, the only local user account is
Admin
> (to my knowledge) and they dont know what the password is.
>
> At this stage I'm guessing I'm stuck with rebuilding these 2 machines but
I
> just thought I'd check if anyone had any suggestions on how I could avoid
> this?
>
> Thanks
>
>
!