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Changing the admin password on a Windows Dedicated Server

This guide will show you how to change the admin password on a Windows dedicated server.

Last updated 21st June 2018

Objective

When you install or reinstall a Windows operating system, you are given an admin access password. We strongly recommend that you change it, as detailed in our guide to securing a Dedicated Server. You may also find that you have lost this password, and need to change it.

This guide will take you through the process of changing your server's admin password.

Requirements

Instructions

First, boot your server into rescue mode using the WinRescue boot environment. Once the server has rebooted, select the IPMI tab on your server's page in your OVH Control Panel.

For detailed information on how to use the IPMI feauture, please refer to our IPMI guide.

Next, activate the IPMI feature using either the Java applet or your browser. After the IPMI session has started, double-click the NTPWdi server tool on the WindRescue desktop.

NTPWdi

Next, click the (Re)open button to display a list of available user accounts.

NTPWdi

Now select the root user account from the list and click the Change password button.

NTPWdi

Finally, enter the new password twice and then click OK.

NTPWdi

Your password has now been changed. Exit the tool, close the IPMI session, and reboot your server back into normal mode.

Go further

Rescue mode.

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