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  • Well... I did a successful install on an old box.. (RC1 on a single drive).. connected with my main pc.. backed up all media.. and then deleted from my main pc.

     

    Shut down for a while until I could install a dedicated ethernet connection... now, either I can't recall the correct password .. or it's locked me out.  (does it do that?)

     

    I can still logon with my connector from my main pc.

     

    So.. what can I do?  I suppose there's no way I can crack/reset it?

     

    Can I reinstall WHS without losing my backed up data?  How will a reinstall affect my connector installs or will my main pc still recognize backups?

     

    I'm so bummed  :-(  Thanks!

    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 1:34 AM

Answers

  • While you can crack the password, you'll probably find reinstalling will take less time.

    If you decide to reinstall, you'll have to reinstall the connector on client PCs, or at least run discovery.exe (in C:\Program Files\Windows Home Server on the clients, by default).
    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 2:08 AM
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  • AeroMedia

     

    You said "I can still logon  with my connector from my main pc"

     

    If we get you correctly it means that you can still access the WHS Console from your main PC -if this is true

     Did you select "Remember the Home Server Password " on the connector?

     

    Then you can use the WHS Console  Settings tab to reset the password. You do no need to know the "old /fogottonpassword"

     

    Good Luck

    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 11:04 AM

All replies

  • While you can crack the password, you'll probably find reinstalling will take less time.

    If you decide to reinstall, you'll have to reinstall the connector on client PCs, or at least run discovery.exe (in C:\Program Files\Windows Home Server on the clients, by default).
    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 2:08 AM
    Moderator
  • The official MS response would be to reinstall. You could also use an offline SAM editor. Personally I use Peter Nordahl-Hagen's Offline NT Password & Registry Editor but haven't used it yet for WHS.

    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 2:43 AM
  • you can also try

     

    http://www.loginrecovery.com/

     

    the frree service takes about 48hrs.

    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 3:04 AM
  •  Bezalel Geretz wrote:

    The official MS response would be to reinstall. You could also use an offline SAM editor. Personally I use Peter Nordahl-Hagen's Offline NT Password & Registry Editor but haven't used it yet for WHS.



    Hi,

    Here the link for it if you want to go as above suggestion:

    Peter Nordahl-Hagen's Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

    My best.
    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 6:26 AM
  •  AeroMedia wrote:
     

    I can still logon with my connector from my main pc.

     

    So.. what can I do?  I suppose there's no way I can crack/reset it?

     




    Here another easy one, just test it on XP client, since you still can connect to the server by the connector:

    Download this utility: Asterisk Logger

    Open the connctor (right click on the try task on WHS icon), Windows Home Server Console.

    Then run that program, and it will show you the password.

    My best
    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 6:42 AM
  • AeroMedia

     

    You said "I can still logon  with my connector from my main pc"

     

    If we get you correctly it means that you can still access the WHS Console from your main PC -if this is true

     Did you select "Remember the Home Server Password " on the connector?

     

    Then you can use the WHS Console  Settings tab to reset the password. You do no need to know the "old /fogottonpassword"

     

    Good Luck

    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 11:04 AM
  •  

    Wow.. thanks guys for all the replies.

     

    I did try Peter's deal.. it says it blanked the password successfully.. but apparently doesn't work-- still couldn't get in.

     

    I accessed/submitted the encrypted password to loginRecovery.com..  waiting for the 48 hour freebie.

     

    Rouza.. yes, I do still have access via connector on my main pc.. I thought the "Change HomeServer Password" applied to "this" connector's password..  I didn't think that would actually change the Administrator's Password (?)

     

    Can you confirm?

     

    Thanks all!

    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 2:37 PM
  • Yes it does.

     

    The Connector Password is the Administrator's password!!

    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 6:36 PM
  •  abobader wrote:
     AeroMedia wrote:
     

    I can still logon with my connector from my main pc.

     

    So.. what can I do?  I suppose there's no way I can crack/reset it?

     




    Here another easy one, just test it on XP client, since you still can connect to the server by the connector:

    Download this utility: Asterisk Logger

    Open the connctor (right click on the try task on WHS icon), Windows Home Server Console.

    Then run that program, and it will show you the password.

    My best


    In my second post, I show you how to "know" your admin password Smile
    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 7:12 PM
  •  AeroMedia wrote:

    I did try Peter's deal.. it says it blanked the password successfully.. but apparently doesn't work-- still couldn't get in.

     

    You can't connect remotely with a blank password, you need to login locally on the server and change your password.

    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 8:01 PM
  •  Bezalel Geretz wrote:
     

    You can't connect remotely with a blank password, you need to login locally on the server and change your password.

     

    I had ran Peter's sw on the local WHS.. from a boot CD... I tried blanking... and, setting a new password.. etc.  It reported "success' every time.. but no-worky.

     

    And abobader,  I tried the Asterisk Logger, in several different configs/locations and it won't work, either.  I'm on Vista.. don't know if that's why, but the website didn't say anything about Vista compatibility.

     

    Prior to submitting the encrypted password to LoginRecovery.com, and thinking I was changing the connector's password- not the server's- I tried that password and it doesn't work.

     

    I afraid, at this point, I should wait and see what exactly LoginRecovery.com has decrypted.. as I haven't tried to change/set since then-- let's see.. $25 or wait the whole 48 hours.. hmmm   

    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 8:26 PM
  • Aeromedia

     

    Please do not try any other method to change password before loginRecovery gaves you an answer.

     

    Just remember the data you sent them is only valid at the time you extracted it, attempts by other method can cause unexpexted changes and the the password the give you will not work.

     

    The question is still  if you can log in to the WHS Console why not change the password from the settings tab.?

     

    The Console password is the Administrator  password and that can be changed from the Settings Tab once loged in to the WHS console.

     

    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 9:44 PM
  •  ROUZA wrote:

    AeroMedia

     

    You said "I can still logon  with my connector from my main pc"

     

    If we get you correctly it means that you can still access the WHS Console from your main PC -if this is true

     Did you select "Remember the Home Server Password " on the connector?

     

    Then you can use the WHS Console  Settings tab to reset the password. You do no need to know the "old /fogottonpassword"

     

    Good Luck



    Thank you!  This worked great!  I had forgotten that this was available, and luckily I did have WHS connector set to remember the password.  I had completely overlooked this option, and really didn't want to have to do a re-install. Now I won't have to re-install until I do a system rebuild.
    Sunday, May 18, 2008 2:19 AM
  • I have forgotten my admin password...when I reinstall,  do I wipe the drive clean,  or is there a simpler way

    Friday, September 18, 2009 12:06 AM
  • I have forgotten my admin password...when I reinstall,  do I wipe the drive clean,  or is there a simpler way


    A Server Reinstallation will format the OS partition, leaving the rest of the data in tact.  (Also, if you have any additional questions, you should start your own thread instead of adding to one that's been idle for well over a year.)
    Friday, September 18, 2009 12:24 AM
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  • thank you

    Friday, September 18, 2009 12:26 AM
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    Thursday, February 9, 2012 2:07 PM