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Resetting local administrator account for all user VMs

Publication Date:  2014-03-30  |   Views:  183  |   Downloads:  0  |   Author:  SU1001639244  |   Document ID:  EKB1000041099


Issue Description

customer want to reset the local admin account password for all user VMs automatically 

Alarm Information


Handling Process

this issue can be handled  using group policy :
1- Launch Group Policy Management console :
 click Start, click Control Panel, click Administrative Tools, and then click Group Policy Management.
2- Right-click the OU you want to apply this policy to and select Create a GPO in this domain, and link it here…

3- Give the new policy a name. I named it Local Administrator Password Reset.

4- Next we need to edit the policy.
Right-click the new policy and select Edit.

5- Expand: Computer Configuration | Preferences | Control Panel Settings
Right-click on Local Users and Groups. Select New then Local User.

6- Fill in the following:
User Name: Administrator
Password: (whatever you want your password to be)
Confirm Password: (same as above)
Select: User cannot change password
Select: Account never expires
Then select OK to accept the settings.

7- You are done configuring the policy.
To test it out, you can remote into a client computer and run gpupdpate in CMD prompt.

8- to test if thee password was restted or not :
Open a command prompt and type:
runas /user:administrator cmd
Type in the new password and press Enter.
If a new command window pops up and you see Administrator in the title bar of the command prompt, you verified the password has been changed.

Root Cause