An easy way to recover Windows server 2008/2003/2000 ctive Directory domain password

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    Nowadays, a myriad of company and organization have several or hundreds of computers work for the work need. In order to manage these computers and make them work safely. Many people use Windows server that include Windows Server 2008/2003/2000 as a workstation. This means a group of computers and devices on a network are administered as a unit with common rules and procedures. And the host computer manages these computers through its admin account and password on Active Directory.

    However, how to manage these computers in workstation? We need to install Active Directory Domain Controller on Windows server 2008/2003/2000.A domain controller is a server that is running a version of the Windows Server operating system and has Active Directory Domain Services installed. When you want to create a new forest, a new domain, or an additional domain controller in an existing domain, you configure the server with the role of domain controller by installing Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DS).

    When you log in a computer which in a network, your user account and password are checked on the central server no matter which machine you log in. A Domain Controller can also control access to files and directories which can be setup so that users have access to all their files whichever machine they log in.

    If you connect to a network, you need to set Active Directory Domain Controller password in a host computer which installed Windows server 2008/2003/2000. Learn the graphical tutorial: how to install Active Directory step-by-step and set a admin password on Windows server 2008.

    However, when we forgot/lost the domain admin password what can we do?
    In fact, there are many methods for resetting/recovering Windows password, but notice, most of these methods just can reset/recover Windows local administrator or standard user password. Such as :
    1. Login safe mode as built-in administrator without password and via Control Panel or Computer Manage to reset their lost account password.
    2. Use a password reset disk you have created for the user account password to reset the password include admin and common user password.
    3. Recover Windows password with Ophcrack, Offline NT password and other recovery tools.
    4. Use a system repair disc to restore system to a time point.
    5. Use net user in command line and Lusrmgr.msc in Run box.
    And so on…..

    Unfortunately these methods cannot recover/reset the domain password. Now what we can do is Google for some special methods. But take it easy, I have found it for you, though it is a paid software, but I think it may be the best and easiest way to reset the domain password. Reset domain password with Windows Password Rescuer Advanced. By this small software you can easily reset the domain password without lose anything and do not require any tech operation.
    Get to the point, now let us see the step-by-step guide to recover domain password with Windows Password Rescuer Advanced.
    To recover Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 domain administrator/user password, follow four steps below:
    step 1. Create a Windows password recovery disk.
    step 2. Set the locked computer to boot from CD/DVD-ROM or USB drive.
    step 3. Boot the locked computer from Windows password recovery disk.
    step 4. Reset Windows 2008/2003/2000/XP/VISTA/WIN7 local or domain password.

    Step 1. Create a Windows password recovery disk.
    To create a Windows password recovery disk, you must install Windows Password Rescuer Advanced edition first, and run it to burn the program to a blank CD/USB drive.

    DIY a CD/DVD or USB Windows password recovery disk, just about 3 steps:
    1. Insert a writable CD/DVD or a blank USB drive.
    2. Select Burn to CD/DVD or Burn to USB option, and choose the drive which you inserted from the down list.
    3. Click Burn button to start burning, you will successfully complete the burning in one minute.

    Step 2. Set the locked computer boot from CD/DVD-ROM or USB drive.
    How to set computer to boot from CD/DVD-ROM
    How to set computer to boot from USB drive

    Step 3: Boot the locked computer from Windows password recovery disk.
    After setting the locked computer to boot from CD/DVD-ROM or USB drive, insert Windows password recovery disk you have just created, and restart the locked computer. Wait for a moment, Windows Password Rescuer Advanced will start up and display an operation full window for you.

    Step 4: Reset Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 domain user password.
    When the operation window appears, select a Windows system you want to reset its user password.


    Select target user account from users detail pane, and click Reset Password.


    If the user which you want to reset its password do not appear at the list, you can use the Add User button to add it to the list, and then reset its password.
    Notice: In order to meet the password policy requirement, this software will set the password to Hello@2011 by default. Please remember it.
    Now you can click Reboot button to restart your computer. When a dialog box pop up, eject Windows password recovery disk, and click Yes to restart. Or do not eject Windows password recovery disk, Click No to cancel restarting, and then go on resetting windows password.

    Tip: If you need you can click Add User button to directly add a new user to your Windows. After rebooting, you can log on your windows with new password.
    Is it easy? Because of the special feature of the Windows server 2008/2003/2000, also consider security, system doesn’t have a way to reset domain password itself, people have to find out a third way to complete this task.

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