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how do I unlock an domain account?

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I have an account thats locked out. When I click on properties for the account to fix it the account locked out option is grayed out. What do I do to unlock the account?
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by:Mike Kline
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Are you focusing ADUC on the PDC emulator?   Check the account on the PDCe if it is not showing as locked on a local DC.

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Mike
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If it does not allow you to unlock, you may have an expired password so just reset password.
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by:achaldave
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Download windows 2003 resource kit and use lockoutstatus.exe to view status and unlock account on all domain controllers.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17657
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by:pony10us
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From the actual DC bring up ADSIedit. Look at the Lockout attribute and see if it is a large number.  If so, reset it to "0" and save. Return to ADUC and see if you can then unlock it.
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