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How-To Change The Local Admin Password Using GPO

Posted on 2014-12-28
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I am tasked to change all the local passwords of all member server for windows 2008R2 but when i tried to do this in gpo the password field is locked, is there another way i can change all member servers via gpo without having to touch every server

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Chappy
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by:Michael Ian Claridge
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Hello,

Yes this has since changed, the below link will help you...its not as easy as it once was, but the link does demonstrate the security issue from the previous method.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2014/05/19/how-to-automate-changing-the-local-administrator-password.aspx

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Michael
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by:NVIT
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A command line way is with pspasswd: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897543.aspx

PsPasswd DOES NOT send passwords over the network in the clear.

In your case, maybe pass the server names in a text file to pspasswd like this:

pspasswd @textfile.txt -u logonname -p logonpassword LocalAdminName NewLocalAdminPassword

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by:chappy64
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Thanks Newvillage IT
So when using the pspasswd do i have to export the servers computer name to a text file? and  in what format is it listed in the text file to change each server
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Yes. Put the server names in a text file. I assume  all the servers are in the same domain.  In a CMD prompt:  
NET VIEW > SERVERS.TXT

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Then edit SERVERS.TXT with Notepad, leaving only the server names.
Also, remove the \\ prefix at the start of the server names, and any trailing Remarks, if any.

If you just have a few servers, you can manually create the .txt file and enter the server names one, per line.
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Thank you very much NewVillage
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