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PsExec NTDS.dit And SYSTEM Hive Download Utility

This module authenticates to an Active Directory Domain Controller and creates a volume shadow copy of the %SYSTEMDRIVE%. It then pulls down copies of the ntds.dit file as well as the SYSTEM hive and stores them. The ntds.dit and SYSTEM hive copy can be used in combination with other tools for offline extraction of AD password hashes. All of this is done without uploading a single binary to the target host.

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Module Name



  • Royce Davis <rdavis [at]>




Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use auxiliary/admin/smb/psexec_ntdsgrab msf auxiliary(psexec_ntdsgrab) > show actions ...actions... msf auxiliary(psexec_ntdsgrab) > set ACTION <action-name> msf auxiliary(psexec_ntdsgrab) > show options and set options... msf auxiliary(psexec_ntdsgrab) > run