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Admin account but no password!


Vormulac
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Hi Folks,

 

I've got kind of a weird problem with my server. 

 

I had an evaluation (old but totally legit, I hasten to add) version of WHS which I decided to try on my new server box to see if I liked it. I did, so when the evaluation period was up I tried to register it with MS but they weren't having any of it, so after a few weeks it locked up solid.

This was a couple of months ago and I have managed to buy a new copy of WHS2011 which I have today installed on my server - it seems fine so far (apart from the hours and hours of updates) but there appears to be an issue. It seems to have put a password on the admin account without telling me what it is. I wasn't asked during installation. So now I do not have access to the admin account. Luckily, before I rebooted for the first time I set up a user account of my own with admin privileges, so at least I can log into the damned thing, but I don't like the thought that the admin account is inaccessible to me.

 

Does anyone know anything about this issue or how I can get around it? I'm used to Windows installs asking for a user name and password during the installation process, but this didn't do it - should it have done?

 

I greatly appreciate any advice anyone can give me!

 

PS. It's not 'Admin', I tried...

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The account you want to use is "Administrator". Full like that. Also, the wizard should have asked you for a "server password". That is the password for the "Administrator" account.

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When I tried to change the password for the administrator account it wanted to have the current password first - but I hadn't been asked to provide a password at any point so I couldn't do that!

 

A further weirdness I've encountered is that I've logged on to the server from one of my client computers and downloaded the connection software but it won't install, it keeps saying:

 

"Cannot connect the computer to the server because either another software installation is in progress, or, the computer has a restart pending" - even though this doesn't appear to be the case, again, is this people have experienced?

 

Thanks for the input, guys.

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Every time I've seen a message about an installation in progress, or restart pending, it was fixed by simply restarting the computer I see the message on.

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If you get prompted for the current password, it's because you're using Control Panel/User Accounts.

 

Instead of that, go to Server Manager/Configuration/Local Users and Groups/Users. In there, right-click the Administrator account entry and select Set Password.

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The client machine is using W7 x64. Bizarrely, in that way that computers do, I have tried everything over again this morning (after countless attempts yesterday) and today it's working! It let me put in an admin password without demanding the (non-existent) current one first and the connection software *finally* ran on my client machine!

 

Huzzah!

 

Thanks for all the assistance, folks - I expect you'll see me pop up from time to time with more questions (this is the first time I've had a proper server OS running at home, my old home 'server' was running XP! :D ).

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