If I were to create a admin domain account on a remote Windows Small Business Server (SBS), copy all permissions from the current [default] Administrator account, and then disable the [default] administrator account, then

How can I unlock the newer admin account if it gets locked out (besides a full system restore from a BDR)?

There will be no other admin accounts active on the server, but there will be standard user accounts.


If your domain administrator account gets locked out, you can still log in with cached credentials by disconnecting the server from the network much like you can log in when a password was changed. You will however be unable to access any network resources since that requires a check from the DC.

However, as this is a server ...I strongly recommend against deleting all local administrator accounts as you will not be able to log in as an admin in recovery mode. If it's a security issue, you're no more secure than using a network login as your administrator. Use a strong password.

EDIT: Safe mode will allow access to the local administrator account, so you can still get in regardless. Previous point stands though, don't disable it or else you'll have downtime!

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  • I wish I could find the Technet article, but I'm almost certain that SBS uses the DOMAIN\Administrator account for various services/activities and disabling it can cause issues. It's unique to SBS, but can't find the article that discusses it currently. – TheCleaner Oct 14 '13 at 17:24
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    Oh btw, the DOMAIN\Administrator account is never fully disabled. A reboot into safe mode will allow login of that account to then change/unlock the "personal domain admin" account. You may want to include that in your answer as well as an option. – TheCleaner Oct 14 '13 at 18:30
  • Ah, good catch. – Nathan C Oct 14 '13 at 18:32

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