It may be possible that Administrator account is disabled on client computers. You may need to run Import-module AdmPwd. However it is really important to change password periodically to comply with company security standards. I have deployed this successfully to 22 sites. This was a straightforward and simple solution. The update action will rename the Administrator user Figure A for a Windows Server 2008 R2 domain.
You will need the Installers and Documentation files. I don't forsee having to run it each time the pass shouldn't change unless one of our techs arbitrarily decides to change it. The Expiration date is a little more complex. In summary, to overcome the problem of storing plaintext passwords in a script, you can create a SecureString object that contains the password, then use the ConvertFrom-SecureString cmdlet to encrypt the password as an encrypted standard string and store it in a text file. When you look at my original post, you'll find that I offered two solutions.
We need to give the computers the ability to update the ms-Mcs-AdmPwd and ms-Mcs-AdmPwdExpirationTime attributes in Active Directory. Note: You can use multiple groups and users in the same command separated by comma. You can overcome both of these problems using PowerShell. Still it works really well for our purposes. I didn't use the -Key or -SecureKey parameters to encrypt the password in Figure 2, so I can only decrypt the password using the same user account. If you save the encrypted string to a file and try to decrypt it from a different account, the decryption will fail.
I agree with Bob, fixing the original problem would be better than jumping through these hoops just to change a local password. When a Group Policy refresh runs it will be updated. Boot Domain Controller or Server Computer from reset disk. Figure 3 shows what happens when I log on using a different account and try to decrypt the encrypted password. The second command creates a SecureString object by decrypting the password stored in the P. The -ComputerName parameter name is optional. If you include the -Verbose parameter, the script will produce verbose output.
This will make it an executable batch script. Creating a Group Policy to Reset the Local Administrator Password Scenario This school district has a couple hundred computers in the environment and one Windows 2008 R2 server. Check boxes — Verify that the check boxes comply with your company policies. Supported Operating System Windows 10 , Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8. Domain administrators using the solution can determine which users, such as helpdesk administrators, are authorized to read passwords. Does this Group Policy run on the client? The script name will show up in Add a Script snippet.
From the menu select New — Local User. The Active Directory Schema needs to be extended by two new attributes that store the password of the managed local Administrator account for each computer and the timestamp of password expiration. If you specify the -Confirm parameter, the script will prompt you before taking action. Common configuration options are to leave the username as-is with a complex password, disable it, rename it, and remove it. Click the Security tab 4. You can still use multiple groups and users in the same command separated by comma. Compare that screenshot with someone who has been granted rights to view the password.
No time line on that though. Microsoft patched this functionality out of Group Policy. The ConvertTo-SecureString cmdlet converts an encrypted standard string into a SecureString object. Type Administrator into the User name text box 9. Callout A highlights how the script creates a SecurityIdentifier object from the objectSid property. Ran admin gui and I see that the password is set. With all of the security breaches we keep reading about on the Internet these days, I keep getting asked how to make servers and workstations less vulnerable to attack.
When needed, you can then decrypt the encrypted password and convert it back to a SecureString object using the ConvertTo-SecureString cmdlet. Just last week, it was announced that Microsoft has adopted this as an official product in. Double-click on Startup to add script to Windows Startup. Was able to run all powershell commands properly on the ou I have the computer objects in. I know this solution doesn't solve your exact problem but assuming you want to effectively restrict access and assuming you have a domain and the machines are all in it what about creating a domain local administrative account for client machines, setting up a restricted groups group policy for the administrators group on clients and putting that administrative account into the restricted groups policy as an administrator along with your domain admin and other necessary accounts? With the script option it would seem that everyone who could get access to the script would be able to see the password.
In the console tree, right-click on Group Policy Objects and select New to create a new Group Policy Object. On the TechCommunity site, you will find numerous technical communities across many topics, which include discussion areas, along with blog content. What I need is a nutcracker, not a hammer. One possible solution to this problem is to use a script to reset the Administrator password on your computers. Did you create a new Group Policy or tag it to an existing one? SetInfo Best way to use this script is to run it using the , since these scripts run with the credentials of the Local System account. Enter the name of Administrator account which you have changed using previous Group Policy. Because this parameter's argument is a SecureString object, you can create a text file containing an encrypted standard string to securely store the password.