Written by: Vikram Navali, Senior Technical Product Manager – During a Domain Controller (DC) promotion, administrators create a Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) local administrator account with a password that rarely changes. The DSRM account is an “Administrator” account that logs in with the DSRM mode when the server is booting up to restore AD backups or recover the server from a failure.
Vikram Navali, Senior Technical Product Manager – The tactics employed by adversaries are as varied as their motives. Some prefer spear-phishing, while others make use of malware, executing targeted attacks. However, the result is inevitably the same: getting unprivileged access to shared resources like files, folders, and intellectual property.