Run a VBS script to create a local admin account and change password through Configuration Manager 2012


We are running CM2012 and I was looking for some direction how to get the following task configured. We have a vbs script that will complete the following tasks:

1.) Delete an existing local account named USER1

2.) Create a new local account and set the password

3.) Promote the account to be local administrator

We wanted to get this configured through configuration manager since we can't use group policy preferences anymore. Has anyone run into this before or has any suggestions on how to get this efficiently accomplished?

Thank you.
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Please consider: Microsoft has stopped offering this functionality for security reasons. It is absolutely not advisable to use the same pw on more than one machine. And with such a script, that any computer account may read, you empower users that have local admin rights to read that script, get the password and own a lot of computers. Why is that - because local admins can impersonate the system account and therefore read scripts that are being deployed.

Use something else: is what Microsoft offers instead of group policy preferences. Also look at my article that has another approach even more comfortable, if you ask me:
Nathan HawkinsTechnical Lead - Network SecurityCommented:
This is what I use to enable the local administrator account;

Option 3 allows you to use the Local Users MMC but there are some qualifications in order to use it.

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llaravaAuthor Commented:
The built-in local administrator account is disabled via GPO.

We have an unmanaged (local admin account staged in the OS image) we want to get rid off that and create a new one, promote the account to be local admin and reset the password.

Moving forward we will simply change the password through CM. The users don't have admin rights.
Do whatever you like, but the decision is not advisable and MS has offered a new method of doing this, why not use it, if I may ask? You can never be sure, they don't get admin some day using exploits.
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