[TriLUG] OT: Linux to fix W2k3

Carl Crider c.crider at gmail.com
Thu Apr 3 21:30:45 EDT 2008

I was in the same boat, and could not find a lin/gnu tool to get into
the box.

If you can get Passware, it does exactly what you need. I had to get into a
corrupt Active Directory Server [Win2K3], and it got the job done. Using a
CD with the OS you need to get into, Passware makes an ISO image.
Burn the ISO to CD, and when you boot the server, it drops you into a
console, allowing you to change admin passwords.

Screenshot from their site:


On Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 7:42 PM, Paul G. Szabady <Paul at thyservice.com> wrote:

> I have an issue I'm hoping some of you gurus might be able to help with
> and since it uses linux, it's only slightly off topic...I think.  ;)
> I have friend with a w2k3 server that I need to be able to log into as
> admin, but we don't have the password.  I have tried some of the tools,
> such as "Offline NT Password & Reg Editor"
> (http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/<http://home.eunet.no/%7Epnordahl/ntpasswd/>),
> but they all mount the
> filesystem RO because it wasn't shutdown in a clean manner.
> Unfortunately, the only account on the server is the admin account, so
> the only way I can shut it down is by killing power.
> Anybody run into this before?  Is there better a linux tool I can use
> that will allow me to force a mount?
> I've used these tools before with 100% success as long as I was able to
> log in and shutdown clean.
> Thoughts?
> Paul
> @ Thy Service
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