Windows Server 2003

Reset the DSRM Password

How to reset the Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) Password

The importance of the DSRM password is often forgotten; many administrators will have never used Directory Services Restore Mode.

There is a simple procedure for resetting this crucial password using ntdsutil; from a command prompt window run the following commands:


nntdsutil: set dsrm password
Reset DSRM Administrator Password: reset password on server domainController1
Please type password for DS Restore Mode Administrator Account: ********
Please confirm new password: ********
Password has been set successfully.
Reset DSRM Administrator Password: quit
nntdsutil: quit


If you\\”ve forgotten your DSRM password, or you have any doubts I’d seriously reccomend changing the password so you know exactly what it is.

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