Network Administration: Windows User Password Resetting - dummies

Network Administration: Windows User Password Resetting

By Doug Lowe

By some estimates, the single most time-consuming task of most network administrators is resetting user passwords. Lest you assume that all users are forgetful idiots, put yourself in their shoes, being made to set their passwords to something incomprehensible (94kD82leL384K) that they have change a week later to something more unmemorable (dJUQ63DWd8331) that they don’t write down. Then network admins get mad when they forget their passwords.

Sooo, when a user calls and says that she forgot her password, the least you can do is (appear to) be cheerful when you reset it. After all, the user probably spent 15 minutes trying to remember it before finally giving up and admitting failure.

Here’s the procedure to reset the password for a user domain account:

  1. Log on as an administrator.

    You must have administrator privileges to perform this procedure.

  2. Choose Start→Administrative Tools→Active Directory Users and Computers.

    The Active Directory Users and Computers management console appears.

  3. In the Active Directory Users and Computers management console, click Users in the console tree.


  4. In the Details pane, right-click the user who forgot her password and then choose Reset Password from the contextual menu.

    A dialog box appears allowing you to change the password.

  5. Enter the new password in both password boxes.

    Enter the password twice to ensure that you input it correctly.

  6. (Optional) Select the User Must Change Password at Next Logon option.

    If you select this option, the password that you assign will work for only one logon. As soon as the user logs on, she will be required to change the password.

  7. Click OK.

    That’s all there is to it! The user’s password is reset.