Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for professional system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I started creating a reset password disk on my windows 2008 r2 server using an external hard drive which I have formated. The process starts as follows=-

-Go to start

-Open control panel

-Go to user accounts

-Go to user accounts

-Click "Create a password reset disk" (in the left pane

-The forgotten password wizard pops up and you choose the drive you wish to use (which in my case is the external hard drive)

-Then the wizard has you type in your password.

That's where it stops for me, it knows I am putting in the right password because if I put in a wrong password a error will pop and tell me "wrong password." So I put in the right password and it's like it won't move on with the process it is just stuck..?? No error comes up and I checked my event logs and my logs say that everything was successful..?? I don't understand this. Is there something that could be blocking me from creating this password reset disk??

share|improve this question
1  
At the risk of sounding like an ass, why are you doing this? The better approach is to not forget your password and/or use a password vault. –  HopelessN00b Jan 16 '13 at 22:52
    
Is this on a domain controller, member server, or standalone server? –  Zoredache Jan 16 '13 at 22:52
    
@HopelessN00b, or create a second account, record the password and lock it in a vault or something. –  Zoredache Jan 16 '13 at 22:53
    
@HopelessN00b I have two servers that practically reflect eachother and I locked out one of them.. I don't know how it happend but I have two admin accounts (one as a back up) and somehow I locked out both.. I didn't forget my password either because I had just changed it. Anyway I'm hoping if I make one of these bootable password resetters then maybe it will work on my server that is locked out. Worst case I will probably have to buy some software to reset the password.. and have that as a third backup. :/ –  KMiller Jan 17 '13 at 16:57
    
@Zoredache It's a standalone at the moment also will be used as a web server. It also uses Raid 5 which makes everything more difficult.. –  KMiller Jan 17 '13 at 16:59
show 1 more comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.