Reset admin password through Active Directory

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Is it possible to reset the administrative password of all the domain computers using Active Directory at the same moment?

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Hi Isabella,

It is possible to change and reset the administrative password on all domain computer with Active Directory. You can do this in two ways: Group policy and with the use of a client side GPO extension.

To use the Group policy preferences to reset the password, you just need to amend the Default Domain Policy. To do that, you need to expand and go to Computer Configuration > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Local Users and Groups > Right click on Local Users and Groups > New > Local User > Amend the information to the Following: Name-Administrator, Set the password to the New password you like > Apply.

To use GPO extension, details can be found here http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/Solution-for-management-of-ae44e789.

Aristono.

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Answered By 564895 points N/A #92892

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There are numerous ways of resetting or changing the local Administrator password of all domain computers and a few of them needs access and modification of the group policy. There is also one that is a client side GPO extension that is easy. The process of changing the local Administrator password on all domain computers instantly through the Group Policy Preferences is easy. You maybe need to simply edit the Default Domain Policy since it already applies to every computer in the domain. Here’s how you can edit the Default Domain Policy:

  • Expand the settings Computer Configuration, Preferences, Control Panel Settings, and Local Users and Groups.
  • Right-click on Local Users and Groups, select New, and then Local User.
  • In New Local User Properties dialog box, enter without double quotes “Administrator” in User name. From this dialog box, you can already change the name of the Administrator account on each domain computer as well as give the new password.

Additionally, you can use Group Policy Preferences on workstations with Windows XP Service Packs 2 and 3 with installed KB943729 patch.

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Answered By 10 points N/A #92893

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Thanks friends, both of your solutions were understandable which I was not expecting such kind of niche solution. Your opinions were right; there are numerous ways of resetting I know but which one I will need I did not identify. But your comments helped me to get the idea that the Group Policy Preferences will be easy, which clue was not knowledgeable to me. Now, following your step by step simple edit the Default Domain Policy, at last I have reached to my goal, currently I am able to change and reset the administrative password on all domain computers with Active Directory. Because of this site, I’d enriched my knowledge beyond my expectations. I really appreciated all the efforts of the experts especially to Sharath. Thanks guys for showing me the right way and Techyv too for publishing this post.

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