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3 Methods to Reset Domain Administrator Password

Forgot Active Directory server password? Need to reset domain administrator password? If you have forgotten the domain administrator password for some reason you can still get back into the server without reinstalling domain controller. If you know the password to another account that has domain administrative privileges then you are even better.


This article will present 3 methods for resetting domain administrator password. There is always an effective method that works for you regardless of whatever situations your faced with.

Method 1: Reset Domain Admin Password from Command Line

To reset the domain administrator password at the command prompt, log on as any domain user account with administrative privileges and type the following command. Replace Password123 with your own password.


Reset Domain Administrator password from command line

Method 2: Reset Domain Admin Password After Getting into Windows

Click Start, point to Programs, then click the Active Directory Users and Computers under the Administrative Tools menu. Right click the administrator account and select Reset Password to change your password.


Reset Domain Administrator password


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.

Method 3: Reset Domain Admin Password with AD Password Reset

The above methods require that you're able to log on as another administrative account. If you can't recall any of the domain admin passwords, then you need to take advantage of AD Password Reset utility.


Step 1: First you need to download 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. Burn the ISO image to a blank CD using the BurnCDCC program.


Step 2: Insert the burned CD to your locked computer and set the computer to boot from CD-ROM. After completion of boot process, you see the main interface of AD Password Reset.


AD Password Reset


Step 3: Click the Reset AD Domain Password button.


Step 4: Select your Windows Active Directory database (ntds.dit) file, the program will automatically list all domain user accounts.


Step 5: Select the administrator account and click the Reset button. The password will be change to Password123 by default.


Reset Windows Domain Administrator/User Password


Step 6: Click the Exit button to reboot the computer.


Now you are able to log into your domain administrator account with the new password! After getting into Windows Server, you are able to change the domain administrator password to whatever you'd like to use.

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