Forgot Windows AD (Active Directory) password? Need to reset domain administrator password that was lost or forgotten? This is a very common problem that we face in everyday life. How can you get out of this situation without formatting and re-installing the domain controller?
For Active Directory server, there are two types of Administrator account: the Local Administrator account and the Domain Administrator account. The Local Administrator account is also referred to as DSRM (Directory Services Restore Mode) Administrator, which can only be used to log in to Directory Service Recovery Mode. To log in to Normal Mode, you must use the Domain Administrator account instead.
AD Password Reset is a powerful Windows password recovery tool that could be used to reset both Domain Administrator password and Local Administrator password for Windows 2000/2003/2008 Active Directory Server. Just burn the ISO image of AD Password Reset to a blank CD/DVD or USB flash drive, then use it to boot your locked computer, instantly reset your Domain Administrator password in just a few mouse clicks.
To get started with AD Password Reset utility, following these instructions:
1. Create a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive
Download the AD Password Reset self-extracting zip file to a folder on your hard drive, then extract the ISO image file: apr.iso from it. Burn the ISO image to a blank CD/DVD using BurnCDCC, or use USB Burner program to burn it to a USB flash drive.
2. Boot your computer from the CD/DVD or USB flash drive
Insert the bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive you just created into a domain controller with a forgotten Domain Administrator password, then reboot the computer. Wait until the booting procedure finished, you could see the main interface of AD Password Reset soon.
3. Reset Windows Administrator password
AD Password Reset provides two options for resetting Administrator password: Reset Local Administrator password and Reset Domain Administrator password. The first option is designed for resetting Local Administrator password and Directory Services Restore Mode password, and the second option is intended for resetting Domain Administrator password.
Let’s say you are going to reset Domain Administrator password. Click the Reset Domain Administrator password button, the program will automatically search the Active Directory database (ntds.dit) and display all domain user accounts. Select the Domain Administrator account, then click the Reset button, the password will be changed to Password123. Click the Exit button to reboot your computer and Now you are able to log in to your Domain Administrator account with the new password: Password123. Done!
AD Password Reset can also reset local administrator and user password for Windows 7/2008/Vista/XP/2000, including both 32-bit and 64-bit computers. It’s very useful for network administrators, system administrators, technical professionals and home users.