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Admin Password

I recently had a sysadmin quit. To be safe I want to reset the Domain Administrator password with as little fuss as possible. Is there a very simple procedure for this - i.e. select administrator account in AD and change password or are there other considerations?

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Mike KlineCommented:
The biggest consideration here is if the account is used for any services.  If it is you will have to update the password on the services too.    Other than that you should be ok and this is best practice for security reasons.

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abhijitwaikarCommented:
Services shouldn't run under user accounts, for this sort of reason. The only thing you can do is make sure everything keeps running smoothly when you make the change.

but anyhow if you know which services use the admin account, create a dedicated account(s) for those services, make sure they run OK using the new credentials and then change the admin password.

Check the Password Policies for Windows Active Directory.
http://www.my-pcgeek.com/wordpress/?p=93

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Abhijitw.
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c1nmoCommented:
It could be used within applications as well as services e.g. ftp server to connect to AD.  Depends how big your company is, number of systems/services.  If the person is leaving the company you could disable remote access for this domain admin account?  If he was worth his salt he wouldn't have used this account!
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AwinishCommented:
You can make use of below article to scan the account used for service or not & then reset the password. Mostly, i have seen people configured domain admin for SQL service.

http://adventuresofanitpro.blogspot.com/2007/12/script-to-audit-service-accounts.html
http://community.spiceworks.com/scripts/show/74-search-for-service-account
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gwg80Author Commented:
99% of all services have Local System or Local Service listed as Log On. Does this impact anything?
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AwinishCommented:
Nope,you are good to go.

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abhijitwaikarCommented:
99% of all services have Local System or Local Service
That is fine, No imapct but what about 1%?  

As suggested, if anyone uses admin or other account, create a dedicated account(s) for those services, make sure they run OK using the new credentials and then change the admin password.

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AbhiijitW.
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gwg80Author Commented:
Went off without a hitch.
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