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Bulk Password reset for local machine accounts?

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Hello,

Is there a preferably free program out there that can reset the local account passwords for all computers in a domain?

I took over a 50 person client base and I have no clue what the local administrator passwords are for all the Windows 2000 and XP machines. I would love to be able to setup a single password (not the same as the domain pass of course) for all the systems and get it done once and for all.

One password to rule them all.

:)

Thanks!
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I believe this will solve all of your problems.

http://www.vncscan.com/vs/Windows_Password_Wizard.htm

You must have administrative rights to each PC with this program though. If it is on a domain already and they are already joined to the domain it should be able to be easily done with the domain admin username and password.
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Here is another program that may work better depending on your current situation.

http://www.rocketdownload.com/program/bulk-password-reset-34070.html
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Close, but no cigars folks. KCTS was the closes but that site actually has the syntax wrong. Jenkins, your solution unfortunately costs $1000, and the "free" version does not allow importing, so its an incredibly laborious process, but thanks for the link.

Here is the info on how to do this properly:

Sysinternals, now owned by MS, has this tool "pspasswd" that can do this

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897543.aspx

Just create a batch file with the following info below ON A DOMAIN CONTROLLER! This batch file iwth pspasswd in the same folder, can be run. It will change ALL SYSTEMS IN THE  DOMAIN (hence the \\*) LOCAL (repeat LOCAL administrator account) password. This does NOT CHANGE the Domain password. This is a great tool for getting all those local systems under one user, one password.

pspasswd \\* -u administrator -p DomainAdminPass administrator testpass
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BTW - The solution i posted is FREE and takes about 5 minutes to perform so no need for any costly programs out there.
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