[TriLUG] OT: Linux to fix W2k3
Paul G. Szabady
Paul at ThyService.com
Fri Apr 4 08:40:44 EDT 2008
If safemode/shutdown works as you describe, this is exactly what I need!
I have tried numerous other items as well as most of the other
suggestions to this list but I've not been able to crack the password
nor get the R/O file system into a R/W state. I've even tried to use
the onlinerecovery.com paid service, but they've not cracked the hashed
password yet. :(
I'm psyched! I'll give this a whirl tomorrow and let you know what I
@ Thy Service
David Brain wrote:
> I've been through this one - restart the system in safe mode
> (F<somethingorother>) on startup, you'll eventually get to the login
> screen. Once you get there there is no sign of a 'shutdown' button,
> however if you fail to log in at the password prompt (I think only
> once but it might be a couple of times) the shutdown button will
> Shut down the system, then (and this is a bit obscure) repeat the
> process - I think this is due to the fact that windows re-sets the
> filesystem status on startup, not shutdown so it has to be brought up
> and down cleanly once before it is happy that the file system is OK.
> Then you will be able to use the offline password editor to reset the
> Hope that helps.
> On Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 8:42 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/), 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.
>> @ Thy Service
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