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Change local admin password with GOP

I've been looking over lots of posts on this and can't seem to nail it down.

Got a single domain with 180 laptops for students. The local "Administrator" account is disabled and we use a local account called cityadmin to log in locally with local admin rights.

I want to set up a GPO that will change the local cityadmin password.

Using Windows 08 server R2 as DC and WIndows 7 64bit Enterprise as clients.

After creating a GPO, I go to Computer - Preferences - Control Panel - Local users and groups

I create a NEW policy that updates local user cityadmin with a new password.

I link this to the OU with my machines.

I use gpupdate /force on a laptop

However, the laptop will process the user policy, but will give an error that it can't process the computer policy.

If I remove the GPO from the OU, both user and computer process fine.

Should this work?  Or will I need to go to scripting?

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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
I followed this little guide for using GPP:  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/b1e94909-bb0b-4e10-83a0-cd7812dfe073/change-local-administrator-password-thru-gpo?forum=winserverGP

Otherwise you can create a login script to do this which is in the link above or use this simple script:

net user administrator "local admin password"
ejcristAuthor Commented:
Yeah, I have that exact link and followed the GPP settings.  I'd rather use GPP than a script if I can.
Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
What you can try (since they are laptops).  Do a direct connect and try it.  What might be happening is when the gpo is pulled the system is not technically connected and logging in using cached credentials.  Then it connects to wireless so gpo would not get pulled on startup.
ejcristAuthor Commented:
Yep, already tried that.  Still get an error when trying to apply only the Computer preference.

The user policy applies successfully.

When I disable the preference on the server, then perform another gpupdate BOTH user and computer apply successfully.
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