Posts Tagged ‘Windows Server 2012’

How to Recover Windows Server 2012 Administrator Password

November 17th, 2012 by Admin

I forgot the administrator password on my Windows Server 2012, and I have been locked for a few days. Now I need to get into my server and get my job done. I have try many free and paid programs to recover Windows Server 2012 administrator password, but none of them really work. Is there any way to recover or reset my forgotten password?

If you have only one administrator account on Windows Server 2012 and you forgot the password, you’re in a tough spot, and your options are limited. You may be able to recover your password with a hint or a recovery key, but if neither of those works, you may think that you’re generally left with having to rebuild your PC from scratch.

Actually, with Reset Windows Password utility you can easily remove forgotten local administrator and domain administrator passwords on Windows Server 2012. This software will allow you to reset your password in a secure fashion without losing any information on your PC.

How to Recover Windows Server 2012 Administrator Password?

  1. Download the zip archive of Reset Windows Password utility. Unzip it and burn the ISO image to a blank CD or USB stick.
  2. Insert the CD or USB stick into your locked computer and let your computer boot from it.
  3. After a while the bootdisk will launch the Reset Windows Password utility, which shows all Windows user accounts available for your Windows installation. By default the Reset Local Admin/User Password option will be selected, the program will display a list of Windows local user accounts. If you want to reset domain administrator password, please choose the Reset Active Directory Password option.
  4. Choose the administrator account whose password you forgot, then click Reset Password button. The program will quickly reset the unknown/forgotten password as well as unlock the user account if it is disabled or locked out.

Now you’ve reset the forgotten Windows Server 2012 administrator password. You can then successfully login and regain full control over your server. With this password reset CD/USB, you’ll never be bothered by a forgotten Windows Server 2012 password!

Reset Windows Password v2.6 Released!

November 15th, 2012 by Admin

Great news for all Windows 8 users! We’ve recently updated this application and more than sure you will like new features we’ve added. What’s new in Reset Windows Password v2.6?

First of all, this update brings full support of Windows 8 so you can now reset lost or forgotten Windows 8 password without any problems or issues. It allows you to reset both local account password and Microsoft account password in Windows 8.

Secondly, Windows Server 2012 64-bit support was also added in this update. You are allowed to reset both local account password and domain user password on Windows Server 2012 in case you lost or forgot the password.

This update is absolutely free for you if you are a registered user of Reset Windows Password utility. For unregistered users, you can try or purchase the software at this link:

How to Reset Lost Domain Admin Password in Windows Server 2012

November 3rd, 2012 by Admin

In my previous post I’ve shown you how to install Active Directory in Windows Server 2012. During the procedure of promoting your server to a domain controller, you’ll be prompted to set a strong password for the administrator account in case the password is blank. What to do if you forgot the domain administrator password after installation?

As system/network administrator, you are usually confronted with the problem of forgetting domain admin password. Even if you don’t have to reset a password now, you should get acquainted with this issue. In this tutorial we’ll show you the easiest way to reset a lost domain administrator password in Windows Server 2012.

How to Reset Lost Domain Admin Password in Windows Server 2012?

  1. Download and install Password Recovery Bundle on another computer that you can log in.
  2. Prepare a blank CD and insert it into the computer.
  3. Launch Password Recovery Bundle and click on Windows Password button, it will display the ISO burning dialog.
  4. Choose the CD you’ve plugged in and then click on Start Burn button to create a Live CD.
  5. After you have the Live CD, put it into the CD drive of your locked server PC whose password you want to reset.
  6. Turn on the server and have it boot from the Live CD. You may need to go into BIOS and set CD/DVD as the first boot device.
  7. After booting from the Live CD, it will load the Windows PE operating system inside the Live CD and start the Reset Windows Password program.
  8. Choose the Active Directory NTDS.dit database, it will display a list of domain user accounts inside the NTDS.dit database.
  9. Choose the administrator account from the list, then click on Reset Password button, the program will replace the forgotten/unknown administrator password with the new password: Password123.

Reject the Live CD and restart the server. You can then log in to the domain administrator account with the new password. It’s so easy to reset a lost domain admin password in Windows Server 2012!

How to Install Active Directory in Windows Server 2012

November 3rd, 2012 by Admin

Similar to previous versions of Windows Server, there are two steps to install Active Directory: First you need to add the Active Directory Domain Services Role to your computer, then run the dcpromo commmand to promote your server to a domain controller. However, in Windows Server 2012, the dcpromo command has been deprecated.

So what replaces dcpromo in Windows Server 2012? There are now two ways to promote your server to a DC: One, through PowerShell and other is Server Manager. Here we will show you how to install Active Directory through Server Manager.

This tutorial can be divided into 2 steps. Before installing Active Directory, please assign a static IP address to your server and set a strong password for the built-in administrator account.

Part 1: Install Active Directory Domain Services

  1. Open Server Manager, then click on Add Roles and Features link.
  2. Click Next on the Before you begin window.
  3. Select Role-based or feature-based installation and then click Next.
  4. Click Select a server from the server pool, click the name of the server to install Active Directory Domain Services to, and then click Next.
  5. Click Active Directory Domain Services. When the Add Roles and Features Wizard dialog box opens, select Add Features, then Next.
  6. On the Active Directory Domain Services page, review the information and then click Next.
  7. On the Confirm installation selections page, click Install.
  8. After the installation has completed, the server will restart.

Part 2: Promote the Server to a Domain Controller

Once above step is completed and all required features have been installed, now is the time to promote the server to a Domain Controller by following the below steps.

  1. Back in Server Manager, you will notice that AD DS has been added to the left navigation tree. Click on it and then click on More on the right navigation pane where it states that Configuration is required for Active Directory Domain Services.
  2. You will now be presented with the All Servers Task Details window, in which you will click on Promote this server to a domain controller under Action.
  3. The Deployment Configuration screen appears and we will select Add a new forest as this is the first domain controller. Enter your Root domain name and then click Next.
  4. On the Domain Controller Options page select your Forest and Domain functional levels, for this demo will leave the defaults of Windows Server 2012 for both, Enter a desired DSRM Password, click Next.
  5. On the DNS Options page, click Next.
  6. The NetBIOS domain name will then be inputted automatically. In the event of a conflict, it will suggest an alternative by appending the original name with a 0. Click Next.
  7. On the Paths page verify the desired locations of the Database, Log files and SYSVOL folders, change the locations is required, click Next.
  8. On the Review Options page, click Next.
  9. The wizard will perform a Prerequisite check before the installation can continue. After the check is completed successfully click Install.
  10. The server will restart once the configuration has completed, the server is now a domain controller for the newly formed domain. Upon restart, you should be able to login using your domain administrator account.