User Account won't unlock after repeated attempts

Posted on 2011-02-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a user that had her computer tell her she is locked out, and no matter how much I try the normal "unlock" function through AD, it keeps showing as locked. She swears she isn't logged in on any other machines, too. Any thoughts?
Question by:biofishfreak
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alreadyinuse earned 63 total points
ID: 34921580
How many domain controllers do you have? The locked attribute will replicate but somethimes it takes a few minutes or so. Also can you confirm that the account in AD is not expired instead of locked?
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JAN PAKULA earned 63 total points
ID: 34921620
check if she is not logged to any server

    NET SESSION | FIND /C "\\"
Remotely, with the help of SysInternals' PSTools:

    PSEXEC \\servername NET SESSION | FIND /C "\\"
By replacing FIND /C "\\" by FIND "\\" (removing the /C switch) you'll get a list of logged on users instead of just the number of users.

Jan ICt Tech MA CCNA

delete account (copy files first ) and recreate - assigning security memberships and privileges to her files
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CrashDummy_MS earned 62 total points
ID: 34921657
It's possible that the account is getting locked out again as soon as you unlock it. Perhaps some device, service or task is set to use her credentials. Install the additional info tab and you can see when the last bad password was.
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by:Kris Montgomery
Kris Montgomery earned 62 total points
ID: 34921849
I will agree with the last comment... To add, that 'some device' is usually their cell phone.  Make sure the correct credentials are on the phone.

Also see if any backup software is trying to run as that account automatically with incorrect credentials.


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biofishfreak earned 0 total points
ID: 34921975
Thanks for the reply guys. I had downloaded the advanced account info tools prior to posting to EE, and that was getting the same error of not logging off. The user was logged off, so I shut the machine all the way down and the issue cleared without issue.

Expert Comment

ID: 34922522
You might also see failed logon events in the security logs on the authenticating domain controller for the account getting locked out.

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ID: 35135893
Shutting down the machine while then clearing AD worked fine.

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