Changing Passwords Remotely

Looking for help with technology or existing process for users to change their passwords remotely.  I'm trying to enable this without the use of a VPN.  These are users with laptops joined to our domain that rarely come into the office (only once a quarter).

I would like them to be able to change their password from home or wherever.

Any ideas?
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Nick RhodeConnect With a Mentor IT DirectorCommented:
If your refering to changing their password on their workstation it wont work.  The workstation caches their password and will not update till the next time they connect to the network.  A vpn connection before sign-on is ideal, exchange 2010 allows the change of password through OWA but this will not update the workstation off the network so they will get prompt for password when connecting to outlook anywhere and have to provide their credentials.
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
If you are not looking to implement a VPN solution or using something like Microsoft "Direct Access" then what you might want to try is setting up OWA (Exchange) to allow a user to resest/change their password.

Pretty strightforward to implement and if you already have OWA on the internet then this should be a work-a-round solution for the users to change their password.

OWA Password Reset:

The only issue you are going to run into is your cached password on the users laptop will not be updated until they connect locally or to a VPN connection of some sort.


ipmcincAuthor Commented:
I was aware of that feature, but I am trying to get it all to sync (workstation included) without a VPN before sign on.  Assuming that is not possible, what VPN before sign on solution have your used.
Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
For our environment we used the cisco anyconnect.  There is an addin you have to install on the client and some added configs on the router.  Or setup direct access as mentioned above.  Those are the 2 methods I am aware of.

Depends on what equipment you have in place.
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