February 15, 2006

How to Remotely Change the Local Password on a Network Workstation

Posted at February 15, 2006 03:58 PM in Computer Tech .

Changing the local password of network workstations could be a challenge, but not with this tool! Rather than going from system to system making the change, there is a faster and more automated way to do it. Here is a Microsoft TechNet note that gives instructions on how to do it...

This is in an MS Technet Note: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;272530

SUMMARY

You can use the Cusrmgr.exe tool that is included with the Microsoft Windows 2000 Resource Kit to remotely change the account properties of a user in a Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 domain, including the password. You can also use this tool in a batch (.bat) file to process account changes on multiple servers or workstations. Note that the Cusrmgr.exe tool is compatible with Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 (note from Rand: it also worked fine on XP and Windows 2003 in my test). This article provides examples of how you can use the Cusrmgr.exe tool.

NOTE: In the following example, the .bat file is named Example1.bat.

The following .bat file will change the local administrator password to newpass on the \\pc1, \\pc2, and \\pc3 computers:

cusrmgr.exe -u Administrator -m \\pc1 -P newpass

cusrmgr.exe -u Administrator -m \\pc2 -P newpass

cusrmgr.exe -u Administrator -m \\pc3 -P newpass

To run this .bat file successfully, the user must have administrative privileges on \\pc1, \\pc2, and \\pc3. Also, note that you must use a capital P for the -P switch, because a lowercase p sets the account password to a random string.

How to Rename the Local Administrator Account and Change the Password

NOTE: In the following example, the .bat file is named Example2.bat.

The following .bat file will rename the local administrator account on \\pc1 to pc1admin and change the password to a random string.

cusrmgr.exe -u Administrator -m \\pc1 -r pc1admin -p

To run this .bat file successfully, the user must have administrative privileges on \\pc1. The .bat file will rename the user account, and then change its password.

For more information about the Cusrmgr.exe tool, including command syntax and further examples, view the Windows 2000 Resource Kit Tools Help file.

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