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How to change Windows 2012 password

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How do I change a windows password on a Windows 2012 server? Was easy on Windows 2008 box.

Before anyone says I use ctrl-alt-end or delete, keep in mind use two hops to get to this server. Also, I do not have access to the AD.

Thanks,
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by:Sean
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just do this:
start -> type netplwiz
open that up and there is your user management settings
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by:Nick Rhode
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You would want access to AD to reset the password of the account you are using to access the server.  If this is just a standalone and is not joined to the domain so you would be accessing it locally.  You would have to run this disk which has worked for me on server 2012

http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

Of course with all password tools I am under the assumption that these tools provided are to be used ethically
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by:Sean
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Are you wanting to change your AD password or the local Administrator password? if its AD then you would need to do it from AD or if you need to change the password your logged in with you and your using RDP you can use CTRL+ALT+END and select change password. If your consoled in you should be able to do CTRL+ALT+DEL
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by:barnesco
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start -> type netplwiz got me where I needed, but the password reset box is grayed out despite me being logged in as that account.
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by:Sean
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in the netplwiz screen hit the advanced tab and under advanced user management hit the advanced button (thats a lot of advanced) on the screen that opens select users and right click the administrator user and hit set password. that should get you what you need.
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The account is on a domain, so the above won't work.
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by:Sean
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you should be able to do CTRL+ALT+DEL or CTRL+ALT+END if your in RDP....this has not changed on 2012.
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by:barnesco
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Yes, but as mentioned, I go through two hops to get to the server (Desktop > Gateway server > Target server), so CTRL+ALT+DEL/END doesn't work.

Task manager doesn't have CTRL+ALT+DEL either.
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by:Sean
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Sorry i missed that, then the only other option is to console into the box OR create a new administrator user, log in as that user change the administrator password then delete that user once your done.
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I am admin, but I don't think there's any other way to change the password other than going through the AD.
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by:Sean
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How about using the on screen keyboard? hit control alt delete on there?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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It's possible the account has the flag "User cannot change password" set.
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I have not found another solution. I believe the only way to change a windows account password is through the AD.
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