?
Solved

MS Server Password Change

Posted on 2009-07-07
7
Medium Priority
?
249 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-16
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?
0
Comment
Question by:JA419
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
7 Comments
 
LVL 17

Expert Comment

by:StrifeJester
ID: 24794855
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.
0
 

Author Comment

by:JA419
ID: 24794951
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.
0
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:cirlare
ID: 24795108
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.
0
Has Powershell sent you back into the Stone Age?

If managing Active Directory using Windows Powershell® is making you feel like you stepped back in time, you are not alone.  For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why.

 

Author Comment

by:JA419
ID: 24795390
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.
0
 
LVL 2

Accepted Solution

by:
cirlare earned 2000 total points
ID: 24795414
well as you change them there shouldn't be any security risk as the built in password changing mechanism is pretty secure in my opinion. i also have not heard of any case that people's admin password gets compromised during a password changing procedure.
i do not think you need to shutdown remote access in order to do that.
however if you wish you can do this afterhours so if there are unpredicted side effects it will not affect production .
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:notacomputergeek
ID: 24795827
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.
0

Featured Post

2017 Webroot Threat Report

MSPs: Get the facts you need to protect your clients.
The 2017 Webroot Threat Report provides a uniquely insightful global view into the analysis and discoveries made by the Webroot® Threat Intelligence Platform to provide insights on key trends and risks as seen by our users.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

While rebooting windows server 2003 server , it's showing "active directory rebuilding indices please wait" at startup. It took a little while for this process to complete and once we logged on not all the services were started so another reboot is …
This article will help to fix the below error for MS Exchange server 2010 I. Out Of office not working II. Certificate error "name on the security certificate is invalid or does not match the name of the site" III. Make Internal URLs and External…
In this video we show how to create an Accepted Domain in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.: First we need to log into the Exchange Admin Center. Navigate to the Mail Flow >> Ac…
Established in 1997, Technology Architects has become one of the most reputable technology solutions companies in the country. TA have been providing businesses with cost effective state-of-the-art solutions and unparalleled service that is designed…
Suggested Courses

770 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question