How can I push out local machine admin passwords?

Hello all -

I am in a situation where the PCs in AD here all have different local passowrds for the Administrator account. Some may be set to <none>.

I want to find a way to push out to all PCs a local administrator password that I choose.

How can this be done?

Thanks in advance!

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Pete LongConnect With a Mentor Technical ConsultantCommented:
in AD users and computers open the computer container, one of the options at the top lets you export them as a .csv file

you can then open the .csv file with either notepad or Excell and copy and pase the computernames out :)

you can the write a simple batch file using the resetPW.exe (link above) NOTE do this under an account with admin priveledges.

obviously you will need to arrange for all the PC's to be ON when you run it - if anyone fails then you can see the error level and it will tell you which machine you have missed
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Change All Local Admin Passwords

Change Local Administrator Password Remotely

Download the utility 'cryptpwd' from :

Now just create a text file containing all your server names
(e.g. serverlist.txt) and then create a batch file with the following line :

FOR /F %%x in (serverlist.txt) do cryptpwd -m \\%%x -P newpassword

(where newpassword is the password you want to set as the
local administrator password on the servers.)

(You obviously need to have admin. rights to the servers in order
to change the password.)

This method changes the password immediately.


For a VB Solution see

For a WMI Solution see http:Q_21098121.html#11852516

Also see
Program: ResetPW.EXE: Remote Password Change Utility
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zeroiq01Author Commented:
OK - that helps, but I need more information.

I have about 60 machines I need to do this on, and I don't know of a way to push out AD computer names into a text file.
How does one do that?

In lieu of that, is their a Microsoft supported solution fo rdoing this?

zeroiq01Author Commented:

Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
No Probs......ThanQ
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