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Local Admin Password [message #163651] Thu, 04 June 2009 10:02 Go to next message
Jasper Recto  is currently offline Jasper Recto  United States
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Is there a way to change the local admin password on all our computers on
the network all at once?

Can it be done by some software or some policy?

Thanks,
Jasper
Re: Local Admin Password [message #163653 is a reply to message #163651] Thu, 04 June 2009 10:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
lanwench  is currently offline lanwench  United States
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Jasper Recto <jrecto99@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Is there a way to change the local admin password on all our
> computers on the network all at once?
>
> Can it be done by some software or some policy?
>
> Thanks,
> Jasper

Do you run AD? If so, you could do this easily ... one simple way is via a
computer startup script (batch file) assigned via group policy to the OU in
which your workstations reside.

net user administrator <password>

This will be in clear text but the users will never see it, so for
workstations I just don't see that as a big deal. Plus you can get rid of it
when done.
Re: Local Admin Password [message #163657 is a reply to message #163651] Thu, 04 June 2009 11:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
rlmueller-nospam  is currently offline rlmueller-nospam  United States
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"Jasper Recto" <jrecto99@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:%239pbi0R5JHA.2656@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
> Is there a way to change the local admin password on all our computers on
> the network all at once?
>
> Can it be done by some software or some policy?
>
> Thanks,
> Jasper

I have an example VBScript program for this linked here:

http://www.rlmueller.net/Reset_Local_Admin_Passwords.htm

This reads "missed" computer names from a text file. If there is no list, it
creates a list of all computers in the domain. The script attempts to
contact each computer and change the local Administrator password to a
specified string. Any computers that could not contacted are written to the
"missed" text file, so you can run the program again, until the password is
changed on all computers. The advantage of this approach is that you know
which computers have had their passwords changed, and you know when the
process is complete.

--
Richard Mueller
MVP Directory Services
Hilltop Lab - http://www.rlmueller.net
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Re: Local Admin Password [message #163679 is a reply to message #163651] Thu, 04 June 2009 16:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
SPAMCOP User  is currently offline SPAMCOP User  United Kingdom
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If you seach the script newsgroup then you will see a script I wrote to do
just that

The script is in two parts

1) create a list of computers from AD
2) connect to those machines, change the admin password or log the machines
not on

--
SPAMCOP User





"Jasper Recto" <jrecto99@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:%239pbi0R5JHA.2656@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
> Is there a way to change the local admin password on all our computers on
> the network all at once?
>
> Can it be done by some software or some policy?
>
> Thanks,
> Jasper
>
Re: Local Admin Password [message #163700 is a reply to message #163651] Fri, 05 June 2009 02:40 Go to previous message
Meinolf Weber MVP-DS  is currently offline Meinolf Weber MVP-DS  Germany
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Registered: July 2009
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Hello Jasper,

If you have at least one Vista or 2008 machine and XP or higher client OS
you can use Group policy preferences to change it. Therefore Client side
extensions have to be installed on the machines. Also RSAT on Vista/2008.

Download and install RSAT on Vista/2008:

RSAT 32bit:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9FF 6E897-23CE-4A36-B7FC-D52065DE9960&displaylang=en

RSAT 64bit:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=D64 7A60B-63FD-4AC5-9243-BD3C497D2BC5&displaylang=en

Then open Control Panel, Programs and features, Turn windows features on
or off, check the tools you like under "Remote Server Administration Tools"



CSE XP 32bit:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e60 b5c8f-d7dc-4b27-a261-247ce3f6c4f8&displaylang=en

CSE XP 64bit:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=249 C1AED-C1F1-4A0B-872E-EF0A32170625&displaylang=en

CSE 2003 32 bit:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=BFE 775F9-5C34-44D0-8A94-44E47DB35ADD&displaylang=en

CSE 2003 64bit:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=29E 83503-7686-49F3-B42D-8E5ED23D5D79&displaylang=en

CSE Vista 32bit:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ab6 0dc87-884c-46d5-82cd-f3c299dac7cc&displaylang=en

CSE Vista 64bit:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=B10 A7AF4-8BEE-4ADC-8BBE-9949DF77A3CF&displaylang=en



Best regards

Meinolf Weber
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> Is there a way to change the local admin password on all our computers
> on the network all at once?
>
> Can it be done by some software or some policy?
>
> Thanks,
> Jasper
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