[K12OSN] ROOT user is lockout!

Rob Owens hick518 at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 14 11:08:29 UTC 2005

In general, no matter what you screw up, you can fix
it by booting from a Knoppix cd.  Go to
if you don't have a Knoppix cd already -- everybody
should have one of these!

Once booted, you'll mount your hard drive by
double-clicking the hard drive icon on the desktop. 
You can then edit any files you previously screwed up.
 You can also run commands on your screwed-up system
by using the chroot command.

Note that Knoppix respects the permissions on your
hard drive.  If a file on your hard drive is owned by
root, you will need to become root in Knoppix in order
to edit it.  I forget how to do this graphically, but
you can open a terminal and use the sudo command (for
instance, sudo kedit /mnt/hda1/screwed_up_file.txt) --
Knoppix will not ask you for a root password.


--- Mark Sarria <mes4294 at lausd.k12.ca.us> wrote:

> I did something very foolish, I using the WINNT4
> user manager program I
> changed the logon time for the user ROOT, know I am
> locked out and can not
> login using my usermanager program to make changes
> to the domain user
> accounts nor can I join any new workstations to the
> domain.
> Can someone tell me how to change sambalogonhours.
> At the moment it is set
> to 00000000000.
> Thanks
> --MARK
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