Tuesday 27 December 2011

The _Right_ Way to Reset A Local Administrator’s Password

We have always been big on the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack.

Here is one big reason why:


This short video walks through the Locksmith utility that allows us to reset a password for a lost local admin account.

It has come in very handy for many of our client’s systems as well as our own. All of our clients are licensed for desktop OS Software Assurance + MDOP and so are we.

This one tool can pay for the cost of the yearly SA + MDOP subscription fee which is not very high many many times over.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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Phil Wisch said...

I'm assuming that you have to boot to a CD/DVD to use the DaRT to reset the password. I'm going to bet that Nordahl's password resetting tool boots much faster.


Philip Elder Cluster MVP said...


No, a bootable ISO is created by the tools to boot from. We are then able to work in WinPE.