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Can you help us reset our Active Directory Restore Mode password?

Expert Laura E. Hunter shows a reader how to reset the AD Restore Mode password using both Windows Server 2000 and 2003.

How can I reset our Active Directory Restore Mode password?

We have to set this while installing the AD through the DCPromo command. I was not working here when the previous...

administrator installed this Active Directory, so I don't know the Restore Mode password. Can you help me to reset it?

In Windows 2000, use the setpwd command as described here . For Windows 2003, you can use ntdsutil as described here. To automate setting the DSRM password across multiple domain controllers, go here for a script written by Directory Services MVP Dean Wells that will automate the process.

This was last published in March 2006

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