Saturday, May 9, 2009

Installing Windows Storage Server 2008

The Administrator password when installing Windows Storage Server 2008 is wSS2008!.

No, I don't blab confidential Microsoft information. No, I don't give away keys. And no, I don't give away any real passwords. However, this is the default install password, and it's not a secret or confidential, it's just too hard to find. You have to download the Tools CD from MSDN and then read the release notes. So, I'm putting the WSS08 default admin password here in case it makes a little easier to find for people who search the Internet before they read all the docs. (And who's going to read the Tools docs before they install the basic software?)

So, with "wSS2008!" you can now log in to your fresh install of the fantastic new Windows Storage Server 2008. Ta-da!!

Now what's the first thing you're going to do after you log in...? CHANGE THE DEFAULT PASSWORD, if you're smart.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I don't understand the logic behind using a default password instead of what the rest of the Windows Server 2008 SKUs do, but this post definitely saved me loads of time.

Gimps said...

Thanks V much... I was going a little mental here

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!!

Eric

Anonymous said...

Thank you....as usual, the MS TechNet support team is hopeless. Their service level is going downhill. They are "still gathering information" when I log my case 2 days ago :(

...A very disastified customer

Anonymous said...

Thank you - VERY much! Just spent the better of an hour trying to find just that, you saved the day:-)

Faisal said...

Thanks Man !!!
Was really looking for this ...

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Anonymous said...

Thanks alot...man...this saved me.

Anonymous said...

Great time saver, thanks! - See you at the tables one day :-)

John Tyra said...

Rock on! Thanks, this saved me a ton of time on Google. :)

Anonymous said...

another one of those unexplainable things from MS.
Thanx! Was really goning nuts wit this. though i was having a blackout in the middle of installation and putting a password that i couldn't remember. Like one of those mentalist stuff...
TX AGAIN! I'M NOT GOING CRAZY!

Chipa said...

Yet another Thank You!

Anonymous said...

thanks alot, you saved my day

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this. Saves a lot of time.

Anonymous said...

Good work!

Anonymous said...

Good work!

jconner said...

No it isnt....
installed 2008 storage server and no password works

John said...

"installed 2008 storage server and no password works"

If you mean that it now installs with a null password, then they've changed the installation image.

If you mean that no password will work, including the one I listed, then I suggest you try it again. It's documented, it worked for me, and it worked for all the other folks who posted comments here.

Anonymous said...

Oh thanks a lot man. u just saved my life.

htlforex.com said...

Thank You !!!!

Erik Lundberg said...

Thanks x 1000 000!!!

//Erik

Nickname unavailable said...

thanks a mill

Rob B said...

thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Was installing many different systems late last night and thought I must have keyed the password in wrong somewhere so even reinstalled it.

So thanks again for putting this out there :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the handy tip!

Anonymous said...

Unbelivable!! Why have this password on Storage Server and when no password is needed for any other version om server 2008... It took me two nights before I found out. Thank you very much :-)

(haha, I acually tried WSS2008)

Robert said...

You rock thanks man!!

Anonymous said...

Cheers for this

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much that has to be one of the most annoying things I have encountered in a long while...

Anonymous said...

Thank-you! It did make things much easier. checking the cd was going to be my next step.

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much, you're a life saver.

MS on the other hand are a bunch of...

Anonymous said...

Thanks... I reinstalled Win08 SS twice before I started looking for the default password.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Just installed it twice as I thorght I had missed the page for default administrator password.

Security is a bit over the top when the user installing the OS can't login.

BIG thanks.