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How to change the domain Administrator Password - and the implications

Posted on 2007-11-21
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I need to change the Domain Administrator password for our network as one of our Network Administrators is leaving.
I presume I just change the password under Active Directory Users and Computers > Users > Administrator?  Is this correct.
Also what are the implications of changing the Domain Administrator password on a domain?
I know any service that runs under this account will need its credentilas updated but are there any other issues that may arise?
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Hi,

Yes you can open AD users and COmputers right click on Domain Administrator and click set password. Or logon once with this account and when logged in press ctrl alt del and change it there.

Everywhere this account's credentials have been supllied must be changed. So, services, scheduled taks etc etc.

For the rest there is no need to worry, and you can just change it.

I encourage you to use NPA(Non-personal-accounts) in the future (Create one NPA account and use this for services) So that when your Administrator leaves you will not have to change the passwords all over again.

Regards
M
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I had the same senerio and if you feel something is really not working fine.Then you can always revert back to the old password.sort the issue and change the password again And everything will be fine.
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