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Can workstation and server passwords be changed remotely without AD?

I was just going over your response to the question: Can I get away with not enabling Active Directory? and now I wonder if there is a way to use this method and allow the users to change their password on their workstations and the server without having to be physically at the server?

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In the configuration you've described, the account database on the workstations and servers will not automatically synchronize, and will need to be changed manually in both places. You can use a Web application to allow users to change their passwords on the server, see Changing passwords over the Web for an example. (Although, I don't know specifically if that specific solution will work on a non-AD-enabled server.) Once again, this solution becomes less manageable, the more users and resources your network creates/acquires.

This was first published in January 2003

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