Reset the Password of a User Account
Updated: February 17, 2009
Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012
Membership in Account Operators , Domain Admins , or Enterprise Admins , or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=83477.
To reset a user password using Active Directory Administrative Center
To open Active Directory Administrative Center, click Start , click Administrative Tools , and then click Active Directory Administrative Center .
To open Active Directory Users and Computers in Windows Server® 2012, click Start , type dsac.exe .
Note Another way to open Active Directory Administrative Center is to click Start , click Run , and then type dsac.exe .
In the navigation pane, select the node that contains the user account whose password you want to reset.
In the management list, right-click the user whose password you want to reset, and then click Reset password .
In the Reset Password dialog box, type and then confirm the password.
|If you want to require the user to change this password at the next logon process, select the User must change password at next log on check box.|
You can also perform the task in this procedure by using the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell. To open the Active Directory module, click
, and then click
Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell
. For more information, see Reset the Password of a User Account (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=141679).
To open the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell in Windows Server 2012, open Server Manager , click Tools and then click Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell .
For more information about Windows PowerShell, see Windows PowerShell (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=102372).
You can also reset a user password by using the
tile on the
Active Directory Administrative Center Overview