We recently helped a high-end retailer on Dublin’s Grafton Street who were locked out of their Windows 2003 server.
Their creeking server was about to be decommisioned. However, there were still some imporant accounts files (Excel and Sage) which needed to be retrieved. Staff tried to guess every possible permutation of password but to no avail. Their previous IT support company never left any documentation!
Windows Server 2003 uses both an administrator password and a domain controller password to authenticate the login. The passwords for Windows Server are stored in C:\Windows\System32\Config in files called “SAM” (Security Account Manager) and “SYSTEM”. These passwords are not stored in plaintext, they are hashed to thwart any unauthorised users. For end-users this can complicate any password recovery attempts.
Thankfully RealClear technicians carry some industrial-strenght password recovery tools to recover lost Windows login passwords. While there is a plethora of so-called “password recovery tools” available to download from the internet – a lot of these are gimmicky and do not always live up to expectations. Moreover, most of these tools cannot recover a domain controller password as found on many Windows server systems.
Lost or forgotten your Windows or Mac login password? RealClear (Dublin) offers a password recovery service for Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows XP for most major brands including Dell, HP, Asus and Micrsoft Surface. Our password recovery service also covers servers; Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2016. Our service also recovers lost passwords from Apple iMacs, Mac Minis and MacBooks (OS X 10.5 to OS X 10.14).