2 thoughts on “Why every sysadmin needs to know how to hack into Windows systems

  • October 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    I get this call about once a month. Server Admin is experiencing “problems” (use your imagination). To troubleshoot problem, Server Admin removes the server from the domain, hoping that rejoining it to the domain will solve the problem. Server Admin then discovers that the local administrator name and/or password is not what s/he thought it was.

    I once had to recover a machine password after a person passed away. Apparently, among other things, the latest copy of his will was stored on there … behind a password that nobody knew. I guess some things you CAN take to the grave.

  • October 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Robohara, before my mother passed away in 1996, she had her will amended to add in a couple of grandkids, while on her deathbed. Her lawyer visited her in the hospital, went home, wrote the amended will up, saved in on his computer and had a heart attack. He ended up two rooms down from my mother, and died the following day. My mother did two days after that. Retrieving the will from his password protected Mac was reportedly a lot of hassle, but it _was_ accomplished. The lesson was to always print out the will and put it in a safe place, something which a computer is decidedly not.

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