Is there a way to reset a domain user password remotely without logging in to a domain controller using Remote Desktop?

I could not find any MMC plugin in non-server Windows (Windows 7 Ultimate in this case) to manage Active Directory which is understandable.

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You can download the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7. This will give you all the MMC snap-ins you'd normally find on the Server OSes. However, the machine you're running this from will likely have to either be a domain member or at least connected to the same network the domain is on in order to connect to your DC remotely.


What's wrong with the RSAT?


Active Directory Users and Computers is included



You could use pspasswd from sysinternals tools.

usage:  pspasswd [\\computer[,computer[,...] | @file [-u username [-p password]]] Username [NewPassword]] 

computer Run the command on the computer or computers specified. If you omit the computer name the command runs on the local system and if you enter a computer name of \\* then the command runs on all computers in the current domain.

@file Execute the command on each of the computers listed in the file.

-u Specifies optional user name for login to remote computer.

-p Specifies optional password. If you omit this you will be prompted to enter a hidden password.

Username Specifies name of account for password change.

NewPassword New password. If ommitted a NULL password is applied.

  • You get a +1 from me when you explain how to use it. "usage: pspasswd [[\\computer[,computer[,..] | @file [-u user [-p psswd]]] Username [NewPassword]" Unfortunately I do not speak regex
    – Nat
    Jan 31, 2011 at 23:27
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    @Nat, that's not regex. It's the normal way optional parameters are specified, and has been done that way for longer than most members of this site have been breathing. Feb 1, 2011 at 21:22
  • I was afraid of that
    – Nat
    Feb 13, 2011 at 20:18

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