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MS Server Password Change

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Is there a sequence for changing admin passwords in a MS Server 03 environment that is using Exchange Server, Veritas Backup, and a Fortigate firewall?  How do you check service accounts / passwords?
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Justin EllenbeckerIT Director

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Service accounts would have been created seperately and should be documented.  Some applications just use the credentials of the user that ran the install. Check each individual applications documentation.

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I am coming into a position where documentation may be lacking.  Company layoffs - I.T. person included.  Need to secure the domain (remote access) while still allowing internet access and things like smtp.

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well, i have always done this
before changing the domain admin password i always make a second domain admin account first. then i will go back and change the original account. that way just in case you screwed up your passwords, you have another way in.

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Thanks to all for the feedback.  My primary concern is security from within and outside of the LAN while still allowing standard access from within.  I would like to shutdown remote access for now without disturbing internet and mail.
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In addition, make sure you change the log on credentials for any services using the administrator account.

Run services.msc on the server, right-click a service, click Log On tab, change password.

If you reboot the server after an admin password change, a service won't start if you failed to change this property.
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