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Restoring local administration rights when DC password is lost

The local administration has gone and no one knows what the DC password is (Windows 2003). The local administration password was reset but now the account has very limited access. This admin wants to know how to restore those local administration rights.

The local administration has gone and no one knows what the DC password is (Windows 2003). A locksmith allowed me to reset the local administration password and now the account has very limited access. I can access the server but I cannot do much. How do I restore those local administration rights?
If you've forgotten or lost the domain administrator's password and you do not have another user with administrative rights, you can perform a parallel installation of the OS onto a different partition, or use a password recovery utility to reset the password. Click here for some links and ideas to help you restore access to your server.
This was first published in January 2006

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