Forgot Password Server 2012

Leon Newswanger asked:

So I did something really stupid, forgot the admin password to my server running MS Server 2012. I so rarely shut down and have to log in because my server is running 24/7 that when I lost power and had to log back in, I couldn’t remember my password. I’m trying to avoid having to reinstall the entire the OS because of a rookie mistake, mostly because of all the services running on this server. I’ve downloaded quite a few trial “recovery tools” but these seem to do everything except reset a password. If anyone could guarantee that a particular application works and is worth paying for, I’d be happy to pay for something to save myself the days and days of reinstalling and reconfiguring all the different services. So my question is, what is the path of least resistance to getting full access to my server again?

My answer:


Use a third party tool to reset the administrator password. There are a variety of these, which you can find with a trivial Internet search.

I won’t recommend any particular tool, and neither does Microsoft:

Some third-party companies claim to be able to circumvent passwords that have been applied to files and features that Microsoft programs use. For legal reasons, we cannot recommend or endorse any one of these companies. If you want help to break or to reset a password, you can locate and contact a third-party company for this help. You use such third-party products and services at your own risk.


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