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Is there an easy way to reset multiple passwords within a Windows 2000 domain?

Is there an easy way to reset multiple passwords within a Windows 2000 domain? I have about 2000 accounts that I want to have all reset to a common password and then force the user to change the password on the next logon.

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You can script this pretty easy. Output a list of the names by exporting them from AD. Then you can use a simply FOR statement to reset the accounts. Let's say your text file is names.txt:

FOR /F %I in (names.txt) do NET USER %I [password] /DOMAIN

Replace [password] with the password you want to reset the accounts to. You will of course have to be logged in with domain admin privileges.

This was first published in August 2004

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