Users forgetting passwords is one of the most common issues raised in any IT department. Passwords are becoming more sophisticated.

Security experts’ advice to include a mosaic or letters, numbers, and characters to confuse would be hackers ultimately end up confusing the user.

Resetting passwords is becoming necessary in the fight against cyber crime. The internet of things world forces businesses to think seriously about keeping information safe and protected from unwanted agents with ulterior motives.

Here’s a simple guide for any wannabe IT geek who want to know about resetting password using Active Directory.

Primary Consideration:

This only works if you’re running Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

You will also need to have membership in Account Operators , Domain Admin’s , or Enterprise Admin’s to be able to access Active Directory and complete this procedure.

Resetting the password:

  1. To access Active Director, Click Start, Control Panel, select Administrative Tools, and double click on Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. You will get to console tree. Select Users. (You may have to select the folder with the user account)
  3. Right click on the user name, and select the Reset Password option
  4. Simply type in and confirm the new password
  5. You may want the user to change the password next time they log in – select User  must change password at next login check box

There goes. Simple!