I am trying get an unused server up and running, it booted fine but i was greeted with the login window and none of the known passwords seem to work.
The server I am trying to get to work is not a Domain Controller and has not been used in a long time.
OS: Windows 2003 Server R2 Enterprise Edition
I tried Ophcrack XP (there is no WinServer version of Ophcrack) - it couldn't locate the partitions with hashes. I tried mounting the partitions myself
(#mount /dev/hda*x* /mnt/ntfs), but it gave me an error saying
/dev/hda*x* didn't exist.
Next I tried booting into a Ubuntu 10.04.3 LiveCD so that I could install and use chntpw - no go, Ubuntu Live wouldn't boot.
Based on what I've read up the following tools may be of help:
- Windows Password recovery
- Petter Nordahl-Hagen's Offline NT Password & Registry Editor
- Openwall's John the Ripper
- EBCD – Emergency Boot CD - Bootable CD
- (R)ecovery (I)s (P)ossible Linux rescue system
I am hoping that someone here has prior experience with Win2k3 Administrator password resets so that I don't end up having to try all of the above to find out which one works.