Can you image what would happen when you have forgotten the admin password for Windows small business server 2011? That means you can not boot to control the system. Sounds horrible. But what should we do to make up that problem is to reset Windows SBS 2011 administrator password directly. Just follow my words.
Actually, you have 2 ways to reset the admin password of Windows SBS 2011.
Way 1: Reset Windows SBS 2011 Password with Windows Password Genius Advanced
Note: Here we use a third party recovery software, you can download it from the internet.
Step 1: Download iSunshare Windows Password Genius Advanced and launch it on an accessible computer.
Step 2: Insert bootable USB drive or DVD/CD into the computer. Then in iSunshare Windows Password Genius Advanced interface, select media type to burn the bootable Windows SBS 2011 reset disk.
Step 3: Click Begin burning button to burn Windows SBS (Windows Small Business Server) 2011 password reset disk into selected device.
Step 4: plug the Windows SBS 2011 password reset disk to the locked system computer, and set Windows SBS boot from USB.
Then follow the Windows Password Genius Advanced User Guide to reset your Windows SBS 2011 admin password.
Way 2: Reset Windows SBS 2011 Password with Start Disk
Step 1: Restart your Windows SBS 2011 with the installation CD or any USB/DVD you can boot from, and get access to the HDD drive.
Step 2: Boot from SBS 2011 media, and select Next.
Step 3: Select Repair your computer.
Step 4: Select your partitions and installed Windows version, and click Next.
Step 5: Select command prompt.
Step 6: Change directory to the access the system 32 directory. Then your original C:drive is changed to D: or E: depending on the number of drive and partitions you have on that system.
Step 7: Rename Utilman.exe to Utilman.exe.bak and copy cmd.exe to Utilman.exe, exit and reboot, and then select the Ease of access icon.
Step 8: You will get a command prompt and use net user admin user password to change the password.
At the user logon screen, press a combination of Windows + U, then the CMD.exe will appear. Type net user Username new password.
After you changed the password, exit the command prompt and login in with the new password. Don't forget to change the Utilman.exe.bak back to Utilman.exe. It could be that you will need to reboot with your media to change the Utilman back.
Apparently, the second way seems more difficult than the first one. If you are not familiar with Windows installation files and directory, first way Windows Password Genius Advanced is recommended to reset administrator password for Windows SBS 2011.