Ever encountered the situation where you don’t know the password of one or more services running on your windows server? – Well I have, lots of time. Lack of documentation, lost people, lost passwords, typos you name it, I’ve seen it. By chance, I stumpled upon a few articles describing a seamless easy way to retrieve all these passwords and of course asked my good friend Mads Hjort Larsen to concoct a user friendly version of this script and so he did!
Now while this is a nice way to pull out lost service account passwords. It will also serve as a grand reminder about DO NOT use Domain Administrator accounts as service accounts. DO NOT use personal accounts for services. The passwords are really THAT easy to retrieve.
Dont trust me? – try it for your self, I dare you 🙂