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Change administrator password

There's a good chance you have thought about what to do with passwords. You probably implemented a strong password policy. Everyone must change their passwords at least once every 3 months... no exeptions.

No exeptions? Realy?

One day I realized that the users that are most likely to be hacked - the local administrator accounts of the computers - had the password never expires option turned on. Nowadays I change all local administrator accounts on a daily basis, using a scheduled task (which is created on every computer by a GPO).

Download .vbs script: ChangeAdminPass.zip

The script changes the password and writes it to a file on a central location on the network.

Tip: Make sure the file is properly protected and that there is a fallback location available (e.g. use DFS replication).

This post applies to: Windows 2003, Windows 2008, Windows 2012, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.

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