JSI Tip 5694. How can I reset the Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator password in Windows .NET Server?

In Windows .NET Server, a member of the "Domain Admins" group can use the ntdsutil.exe utility to reset the the Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator password on a local or remote domain controller.

To reset the Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator password on the local computer:

1. Start / Run / ntdsutil / OK.

2. At the C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntdsutil.exe: prompt, type set dsrm password.

3. At the Reset DSRM Administrator Password: prompt, type reset password on server null.

4. When prompted, enter the new password.

5. At the Reset DSRM Administrator Password: prompt, type q.

6. At the C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntdsutil.exe: prompt, type q.

To reset the Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator password on a another domain controller:

1. Start / Run / ntdsutil / OK.

2. At the C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntdsutil.exe: prompt, type set dsrm password.

3. At the Reset DSRM Administrator Password: prompt, type reset password on server <DNS_NAME_OF_SERVER>.

4. When prompted, enter the new password.

5. At the Reset DSRM Administrator Password: prompt, type q.

6. At the C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntdsutil.exe: prompt, type q.

NOTE: When you type the password, no characters appear.



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