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How to Reset Active Directory Restore Mode Password

Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) is a special boot mode for repairing or recovering Active Directory. It is used to log on to the computer when Active Directory has failed or needs to be restored. You can log on to DSRM by using a DSRM password that you set when you set up the domain controller (DC).

Maybe the most forgotten password is the one for Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) because it’s created only when a DC is built, and used only during critical DC recovery operations. If you have forgotten the DSRM password, you can easily reset the DSRM password using AD Password Reset utility.

Directory Services Restore Mode Password

Follow the instructions below to create a AD password reset CD and reset Active Directory Restore Mode password instantly.

Step 1: Create a bootable CD/DVD

Download the AD Password Reset and save it on any computer you have access to. Unzip the downloaded file, there should be an ISO image file: apr.iso. You can use the BurnCDCC program to burn the ISO image to a blank CD/DVD.

Step 2: Set BIOS to boot from CD/DVD

Boot your locked computer. When it is powered on, check the boot-screen for setup key (i.e. DELETE key, F8 key, F2 key) to enter BIOS Setup Utility.

Choose the BOOT menu and set Boot Device Priority option: Set the 1st Boot Device to CD/DVD-ROM if what you created is a bootable CD/DVD. Press F10 to save your changes.

Step 3: Boot your computer from CD/DVD

Insert the newly burned CD/DVD on your locked computer and restart the computer. The boot loading screen should appear immediately.

AD Password Reset CD is initializing.

After completion of boot process, you see the main interface of AD Password Reset.

AD Password Reset

Step 4: Reset Directory Restore Mode Password

Click the Reset Windows Local Password button. Select your Windows SAM registry hive, the program will display all Windows accounts. Select the Administrator account and click the Reset button to remove the Directory Restore Mode password.

Reset Active Directory Restore Mode Password

Click the Exit button to reboot the computer.

Now you are able to log on to the Active Directory Restore Mode using a blank password.

Sounds good?Go ahead and try AD Password Reset today!