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Is it possible to change the password for all users in the AD at the same time using the same password?

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I need to change all the users passwords at one time to the same passwords.  I have 200 users and some are remote.  I would like to find a quick and easy way of doing this.  Can I do this through Active Directory.  I do not want the users involved.  All the users are running Windows XP.
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by:pzozulka
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In Active Directory find the "Organization Unit (OU)" you want to change passwords on. Highlight all users within the OU, Right-Click, and choose to Reset Password.
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by:pzozulka
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Sorry, never mind the above, I thought that was an option.

You can make all your users change the password at next login through AD.
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by:NWVLCIT
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I can not have the users involved because I dont trust them.
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Share-IT

It is definitely a way of doing it but I am hoping to not have to pay for a piece of software.
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There's a free trial download. ;)
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Hmm...thats quite a pickle if you don't trust your users. I mean, you will have to disclose the password to them one way or another. If you are looking for a strong password, and feel that your users will enter a weak one there is a Group Policy Setting under the path below that covers this:

Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Account Policies > Password Policy:

Enable "Password must meed complexity requirements"
Enable "Minimum password length"
Enable "Maximum password age"


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Share-IT

Yes and thank you.  If I do not get another way then yours would be the best option.
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You can use the DSmod command
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dsmod user "cn=user01, cn=users, dc=mydomain, dc=com" -pwd abc1d123
dsmod user "cn=user02, cn=users, dc=mydomain, dc=com" -pwd abc1d123
dsmod user "cn=user03, cn=users, dc=mydomain, dc=com" -pwd abc1d123


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KCTS
Isnt DSmod for Server 2008?  I am running 2003
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good call KCTS. Will need to use csvde to get a list of users though.

csvde -d "ou=target OU,ou=2nd OU,ou=1st OU,dc=domain,dc=local" -p onelevel -f C:\users.csv
(as shamelessly stolen from this link - http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_2003_Active_Directory/Q_23368702.html
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It's on 2003 as well.
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DSmod is in both 2003 and 2008 - but not 2000
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Pzozulka

When I say I dont trust the users I mean they are stupid and are not able to follow basic instructions.  I am afraid they will not change the password themselves.
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Thanks everyone for the help.  I will look into the DSmod for future reference and for the short term I will try the program that Share-IT suggested.
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