User password reset

Posted on 2012-09-20
Last Modified: 2012-11-07
I would like to reset the password of 50 users to  a common password for me to logon to each of their PCs locally and setup their profiles.Then I would like to have the users use their old password again. Is this possible? If not suggest me an alternative.
 I donot want to give these users that common password due to security reasons, also running a script which auto generates 50 different passwords will be too much of a hassle as I need to give physically each user a paper with his password printed.

The PCs are XP SP3. Domain environment with AD , WIn Servers 2003  and 2008.
Question by:kerry_dsouza
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    I am not sure if this will help but I had to this before, and this is how I went about it.

    Go to AD on your server, press ctrl + A to select all, right click and hit properities.  In the properties you can select user must change password and next logon.  So you can logon as that user and change the password at the prompt, then change it back to something unique the user wants, and uncheck user must change password at next logon.  Again not achieving exaclty what you want, as you will still initially need their unique password, but it makes it a quicker transition to change all passwords quickly.
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    Change their pass to be able to log in and configure their profiles. When you are done change it to some basic or commonly used password (e.g. Password1) which will be provided to them with ticked option "user has to change password on first logon" what ensures users have passworda only they know
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    The whole idea behind the user having a password is that it provides a secure environment.  To the best of my knowledge you can not create any report that will tell you what there password is.  I believe that you have two options.  Either ask the users to give you there passwords and then force a reset so that they are secure again or reset their passwords and let them have a copy with a force on next logon
    Would it not be easier to just redirect their profile to a server share?
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    You can't do it... otherwise WIndows would have little or no security (not that it really has that much anyway).
    You can reset lots of passwords to one you know like 'abcd1234' etc
    but when you pass it back to the user you will have to reset them again to something they know.

    What are you trying to do.... that might be a better way of looking at this.
    If you are trying to change a setting on existing users the General Policy Settings etc would be a FAR better way of doing this.
    If you are moving the users to a new machine or server then look at
    Microsoft User State Migration Tool
    (Google that)
    It has the nice feature that it can create the accounts on the new box without you logging in.  It is pretty powerful.

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    Comment to all who posted answers to my question:

    I need to setup profiles for 50 users on 50 PCs.
    Their current passwords will be changed by  a script to one common password so that I can login over the weekend and setup their new PCs.

    When they come back to the office , either
    1> I have to give them the common password and make sure they change password at next logon
    2> I have to autogenerate 50 different passwords using another script and print it for each individual user and make sure they change password at next logon..

    Instead of doing the above options ...Is there any way I can reset to use their old password? or any other easy solution.....
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    User AD bulk (pretty cheap software) to change their passwords to all the same.  Do what you need to do then, change the passwords again and select change at login.  The software can be bought at
     It is a great tool.
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    I do not see any option how to revert back to their original passwords (if you do not know the passwords and your policy does not allow you to use the same pass whitin defined period of time)

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