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Large-scale local administrator password reset


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Bryan R.

I'm installing anti-virus across a large network, 200+ machines. I can do this automated but I need to have the local administrator account enabled and the password set on each machine. I was thinking something over group policy but haven't been able to find a working script.

 

My DC is 2012 and the machines and a mixture of Windows XP and Windows 7.

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Bryan R.

Problem I see with GP -- are you 100% that machine did it?  With this method you have instant feedback if password was changed or not, etc.  And if you save the log, you have validation in audit that you changed all the passwords, etc.

That is a very valid point against GP that I did not consider.

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+BudMan

Yeah, back when I was doing this sort of stuff we needed to validate that passwords actually were changed every 90 days. So the output of the command showing computer xyz administrator password successfully changed made audit on that item very quick.

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