My NT Administrator left the company and had all the admin ID's and Pswd's. I need to get access to the desktops and make some changes. How do I get Admin access??? Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks..
What you need to do is recover the password for either the Administrator account or another account that is in the domain Admins group. if you have none of the passwords, I can tell you that there is no formal support from Microsoft to recover a password in Windows NT. You will need to resort to a 3rd party tool such as ERD Commander where you boot from the CD on the domain controller and change the password. Again, in your research you'll find that while this is the most common method (I have done it various times), it isnt supported.
Passwords in Windows are not store in clear text. The hash of the password is what is stored. this is why you cannot retrieve the password, unless you run a tool to hack it.
As far as I know, the tools will allow you to reset the local password on a workstation or server (I've used ERD commander to do just that), but that won't help reset a domain password (again, to the best of my knowledge).
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