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AD Account that needs the password reset, but account tied to other services. How can I find out what it's tied to before blowing everything up?

Posted on 2008-10-01
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I have an AD account that needs to have the password reset, but unfortunately that account is tied to several (or many) other services that have the password manually put in. What is the best way to find out what exactly the account is tied to before resetting the password and blowing everything up?

We are running a Windows Server 2003 standard environment.



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by:jacodalet
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The only reason that I can think of why the password needs to be reset is that someone knows the password, if so - change it and rather go to each server and change the password on the service for security otherwise if no one knows the password then leave it.
There is no other way you can do this!
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lscapa earned 500 total points
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Better documentation would have helped. But now you'll have to list each service on each server. Gratefully the infamous Scriting Guys form MS have anwsered this for you.
 "We have services that run under a particular user account. Each time we change the password for that user account, we need to change the password for any services that run under that account as well. But how can we tell which account a service is running under?"


http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/resources/qanda/sept04/hey0910.mspx
 
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by:sterlingrice
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Excellent thank you Iscapa. That is more along the lines of what I was looking for. I am not a scripting person, but this looks like a great solution.


Thanks for the quick response guys!
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by:sterlingrice
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I am not a scripting person, so that's why I said partially easy to understand. We should be able to piece info together at work to get the job done. Much appreciated!
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