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Cmdkey

Published: April 17, 2012

Updated: April 17, 2012

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista

Creates, lists, and deletes stored user names and passwords or credentials.

For examples of how this command can be used, see Examples.

cmdkey [{/add:<TargetName>|/generic:<TargetName>}] {/smartcard|/user:<UserName> [/pass:<Password>]} [/delete{:<TargetName>|/ras}] /list:<TargetName>

 

Parameters Description

/add:<TargetName>

Adds a user name and password to the list.

Requires the parameter of <TargetName> which identifies the computer or domain name that this entry will be associated with.

/generic:<TargetName>

Adds generic credentials to the list.

Requires the parameter of <TargetName> which identifies the computer or domain name that this entry will be associated with.

/smartcard

Retrieves the credential from a smart card.

/user:<UserName>

Specifies the user or account name to store with this entry. If UserName is not supplied, it will be requested.

/pass:<Password>

Specifies the password to store with this entry. If Password is not supplied, it will be requested.

/delete{:<TargetName> | /ras}

Deletes a user name and password from the list. If TargetName is specified, that entry will be deleted. If /ras is specified, the stored remote access entry will be deleted.

/list:<TargetName>

Displays the list of stored user names and credentials. If TargetName is not specified, all stored user names and credentials will be listed.

/?

Displays help at the command prompt.

  • If more than one smart card is found on the system when the /smartcard command-line option is used, cmdkey will display information about all available smart cards and then prompt the user to specify which one to use.

  • Passwords will not be displayed once they are stored.

To display a list of all user names and credentials that are stored, type:

cmdkey /list

To add a user name and password for user Mikedan to access computer Server01 with the password Kleo, type:

cmdkey /add:server01 /user:mikedan /pass:Kleo

To add a user name and password for user Mikedan to access computer Server01 and prompt for the password whenever Server01 is accessed, type:

cmdkey /add:server01 /user:mikedan

To delete the credential that remote access has stored, type:

cmdkey /delete /ras

To delete the credential that is stored for Server01, type:

cmdkey /delete:Server01

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