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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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by:StrifeJester
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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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by:cirlare
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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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by:JA419
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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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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 .
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by:notacomputergeek
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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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