reverting to old password on SBS2003

Posted on 2009-04-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
We run a small SBS2003 domain, 4 users, 4 pcs + 1 server. I am the "admin".

I changed my password to one that was easily remembered by colleagues, as I wanted colleagues to login and send and receive email on my behalf.

However, now that task is finished, I need to restore my old password, as the network printer is not allowing me to scan to my harddrive ("password wrong" message or somesuch).

Rather than pick a new password, and find out where to re-configure my printer, its much more convenient for me to revert to my old password.

HOWEVER, when I try and change it, I get a message saying I can't use any of the previous 24 verssions !!

I went into SBS Active Directory and found my user properties, convinced I'd be able to set something to allow me to use old passwords, or reduce the number I couldn't use, but I couldn't see anything.

How can I do this - is there a registry setting ?

I also want to do it for my colleague, as he had the same assisant look after his emails while he was away, but now he's back....
Question by:zorba111
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    Expert Comment

    This is configured through a group policy. If you're the admin, simply change the password on the server for your account instead of changing it on a client computer.

    Author Comment

    just to clarify, although I am the admin, I don't use the "Administrator" account for day-to-day work, but rather my normal user, which I've added to "Domain Admins" or somesuch.

    you mean just go to the server and login as my normal user and change it from there ?

    whoopity doo !!
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    Accepted Solution

    Login on the Server with the Administrator account locally or using remote desktop , goto to the SBS console and there to the users area, right click on your user account and choose "Change password".

    By the way, although it's comfortable for doing admin tasks, it's not recommended to work with a user account that has domain admin-privileges.


    Author Comment

    >> Login on the Server with the Administrator account locally or using remote desktop , goto to the SBS console and there to the users area, right click on your user account and choose "Change password".

    notes to self (for future ref).
    by console I take it JB meant the "Server Management" app that sits at the top of the start menu - in any case I found the User area here, and "change password" context menu worked.

    Also, couldn't do this from the Active Directory windows as no "change password" option

    tickety boo, all smiles now !!

    cheers JB !!

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