Exactly where is a user's password stored if using "reversible encryption" option SBS 2003?
Posted on 2006-06-21
Just need to know where the information is actually kept. I've read up on why it can be a bad idea to do so but I am trying to figure out a simple solution that will give me access to a users password in case I should need it. Although it isn't necessary to do so often, there are and have been times I've had to log on to a users account to double check how a setting or a program might function while logged on as that user. Most of the major stuff I can do as Administrator but as I'm sure everyone might know there are those rare cases where some programs act up once you try to operate under limited user accounts. I suppose that I could ask everyone to provide them to me but I am refusing to do so because the minimum password complexity and the fact that I would have to remember to update the list every 90 days only would add to my tasks. I'd rather be able to access the information only if and when it is needed but again I don't want to keep a master list that would have to be updated. I know that I can force users to change the password when necessary but again that would not be a real solution or the one I'm seeking.