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Powershell: Change Administrator password from txt file list

Posted on 2013-01-26
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I found the following script to change Administrator passwords on remote machines:

foreach ($strComputer in get-content C:\MachineList.Txt)
{
$ping = new-object System.Net.NetworkInformation.Ping

$Reply = $ping.send($strComputer)


if($Reply.status -eq "success")
{

$admin=[adsi]("WinNT://" + $strComputer + "/administrator, user")

$admin.psbase.invoke("SetPassword", "NewPassword")

} 

}

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However, can someone please help me alter it. I would like an exported txt file containing a list of computers that didn't respond to the ping - so I know which computers haven't updated with the new Admin password.

Thanks in advance,

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by:yo_bee
ID: 38822845
Are these Windows 2008 / Windows 7 machines?
Why not use Group Policy Preferences to change the local admin password?
http://abskb.wordpress.com/2009/08/30/how-to-use-group-policy-preferences-to-set-change-passwords/

GPP is your Friend.  There are so many things that GPP accomplishes that used to be painful to script.
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by:Angeal
ID: 38822870
We have DC's running Server 2003, and the machines are a mixed bag of XP, Vista and 7.

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footech earned 2000 total points
ID: 38822958
GPP can be installed on all those platform.
But if you just want the script, here it is.
$out = @()

foreach ($strComputer in (get-content C:\MachineList.Txt))

{

  if ( Test-Connection $strComputer -count 1 -quiet )
  {

    $admin=[adsi]("WinNT://" + $strComputer + "/administrator, user")

    $admin.psbase.invoke("SetPassword", "NewPassword")

  }

  Else

  {

    $out += """$strComputer"" didn't respond to ping"

  }

}

$out | Out-File c:\FailedComps.txt

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by:yo_bee
ID: 38823032
As Foot stated you can leverage GPP as long as you have a W7 or W 2008 machine with RSAT installed and that the XP and W 2003 machines have CSE (Client Side Extension)  installed.
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by:Angeal
ID: 38823273
Hi Footech,

The password still changed using your script, but there wasn't a c:\FailedComps.txt file.

Thanks for your help,

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by:footech
ID: 38823320
You're using PS 2.0?
Do you have permissions to write to c:\?
I have tested the script and verified there were no errors, so it's just a matter of looking at your environment.  You might try specifying a different file location for the output.
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by:Angeal
ID: 38823450
I apologize. You were right, I didn't have permissions to write to C:\.

Thanks footech for all your help!

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