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Sorry if this is an overly simplistic question, but I'm a bit stuck here. :)

I need a windows machine for me to do some programming for class. Since I have my Macbook with me everywhere I go, I figured that it would be easiest to install a vm. And since I can get a copy of Windows server 2k3 for free via dreamspark, I thought I'd try to do that.

Here's what happened though: I installed windows server (disk one). When the system booted up, vmware automatically installed VMWare tools and prompted me to restart. There was also a prompt to start the installation of disc 2, but I figured it would be better to restart before doing that.

When the machine came back up, I was prompted to log in as the administrator. The problem is that I wasn't prompted to make an administrator account or password. Is there a default password I can use? I've tried all the obvious ones (blank, password, etc) and googling, but I didn't come up with anything.

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This is old now, but since it was just bumped... Dreamspark now has Server 2008. – Powerlord Dec 1 '08 at 12:42

The correct password is Evaluation1. Just look in the readme file

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Evaluation1 worked for me in setting up the Win2k3 image I grabbed from vmware. Thanks. – labratmatt Aug 24 '10 at 17:46

You haven't put any work into modifying the system, so just start over. You'll probably spend more time trying to find a password solution than just reinstalling the OS.

As an aside, I suggest making a copy of your virtual disk after a fresh working install, so you don't have to actually install if you do want a fresh machine.

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I've been playing with MS's VirtualPC and they have a "difference virtual HDD" thing that lets you leave the old VHDD alone and only store what you change. It would be smaller than a full copy. – BCS Sep 14 '08 at 22:59

Free password recovery tools:

  1. Windows Password recovery - Can retrieve forgotten admin and users' passwords in minutes. Safest possible option, does not write anything to hard drive.

  2. Petter Nordahl-Hagen's Offline NT Password & Registry Editor - A great boot CD/Floppy that can reset the local administrator's password. See the FAQ for more info.

  3. Openwall's John the Ripper - Good boot floppy with cracking capabilities.

  4. EBCD – Emergency Boot CD - Bootable CD, intended for system recovery in the case of software or hardware faults.

But as others have said, you have nothing invested in this install -- easier to just blow it away and start over.

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During the Windows Server 2003 installation process you are required to enter an Administrator password. If the installation was interrupted part way through, I suggest that you just re-install it.

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you could always use ERDCommander from Microsoft to 'reset' the administrator password, it is a free program and works great.

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can you pls provide a link? – Gulzar Sep 15 '08 at 4:05… – Windows programmer Oct 24 '08 at 4:42

Since you have access to the "machine", you could try cracking the password with Ophcrack. But really, I agree with everyone else: just reinstall.

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I know this post is probably closed, but just in case anyone finds this thread in the future, I had the same problem and finally figured it out--

When you originally setup the VM before it installed, it gave you the option to customize it with a unquie username and password. Let's take this for example:

username = matt
password = p@ssword

After the stupid VM tools installs and reboots the server, the username is Administrator, but the password was set to whatever you filled out. In this example:

username = Administrator
password = p@ssword
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I had the same problem but I found the Solution! In the main window of VMWare it has the options: Suspend, Options, Getting Started. Choose Getting Started and you have all the info. The password is given there:

Username:         Administrator
Password:         Evaluation1


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