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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). 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?

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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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