This parameter is introduced in Windows PowerShell 3. Managing local accounts on computers clients or servers can be a hassle and one thing that makes auditing a little bit simpler is to find out how old the password for a local user on a machine is. Granting Rights to User or Groups to Read and Reset the Password With this completed, out next step is to configure the rights for a user or members of a group to have the rights to read the password from the confidential attributes as well as writing to the password expiration date attribute. Now I am unable to login with administrator credentials. It will activate the domain administrator account and reset the password immediately. You are a PowerShell guy so why are you talking about something like this? Enter your credentials only if you trust the remote computer and the application or script requesting it. Figure 2 shows an example of creating, encrypting, and decrypting a SecureString object.
The command creates the ConsolePrompting registry entry and sets its value to True. When needed, you can then decrypt the encrypted password and convert it back to a SecureString object using the ConvertTo-SecureString cmdlet. However, some providers that are installed with Windows PowerShell do not support the Credential parameter. Figure 1 shows the script in action. However, this is still more secure than the obfuscation provided by Group Policy or storing the password in plaintext in the script. Figure 4 shows sample output from the script. Some companies disable this account on machines, some set its password to a standard password and some randomize a password at deployment and keeps track of them in a database or similar.
Finally, the last command uses the Reset-LocalAdminPassword. Remember that only the account that creates this file can decrypt the password. We can take any method we like to get a SecureString, convert it to a standard string and then save it to a file. You can download this script as well as the other code I presented here by clicking the Download the Code button near the top of the page. The Get-Credential cmdlet prompts the user for a password or a user name and password.
Optional Installation If you wanted a command line approach to installing the client side extension, you can use one of the following approaches to install it. When you submit the command, you will be prompted for a password. Click on the Enter arrow located to the right. If you specify the -Confirm parameter, the script will prompt you before taking action. ConvertTo-SecureString — Encrypting passwords and other strings is used to convert plain text or encrypted standard strings into a SecureString object. The syntax for the Reset-LocalAdminPassword.
Click Yes, and the elevated PowerShell prompt will open. Just type powershell in the search box. This effectively means that only the same user account on the same computer will be able to use this encrypted string. } Im not a powershell expert so I'm asking some help of you guys here. The second command converts the SecureString object into an encrypted standard string and writes it to a text file.
Because this parameter's argument is a SecureString object, you can create a text file containing an encrypted standard string to securely store the password. Only the computer account can write to this location as well as to the other attribute ms-Mcs-AdmPwdExpirationTime which is used to determine if the password has expired and needs to be changed. So if you need to perform this action, you will have to do it another way. Since Windows 10 Creators Update, you can also access PowerShell from the WinX menu. The entire risk arising out of the use or performance of the sample scripts and documentation remains with you.
In summary, to overcome the problem of possibly having a different name for the built-in Administrator account, you can enumerate through all the user objects on a computer and create a SecurityIdentifier object for each one. Gets a credential object based on a user name and password. Hi, Set-LocalUser cmdlet requires powershell version:5. Plus, there are PowerShell commands available to manage this service which makes it doubly awesome! The command uses my current credentials, but it also supports —Credential if I want to make the change using a different account. The title bar of the PowerShell window reflects this. Now that we know the account name, when did the password last change on that account? By default, the user name is blank and the authentication prompt requests both a user name and password.
I right-clicked the PowerShell icon and used the Run as administrator option. I believe the user account is locked. Once this is set, the next time that group policy refreshes on the local systems, their password will be reset. I didn't use the -Key or -SecureKey parameters to encrypt the password in Figure 2, so I can only decrypt the password using the same user account. Replace P ssword123 with your desired password. If you include the -Verbose parameter, the script will produce verbose output.
PowerShell makes it easy to create a SecureString object using the Read-Host cmdlet with the -AsSecureString parameter. Hi, I have a script which is to reset local administrator password of remote machines and I have mentioned the host list in the script. You can use the message to explain to the user why you are requesting credentials and how they will be used. This method requires a plain text password, which might violate the security standards in some enterprises. Starting in Windows PowerShell 3. So I wanted to set them all same Password, changed them at next logon and Active the users. Putting It All Together The Reset-LocalAdminPassword.