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Changing User Passwords on NT4.0

By graemeduncan ·
When any of my users are prompted to change their network password they cannot do so and are presented with the helpful message of "Unable to change the password for Microsoft Networking because of the following error: Access has been denied"

I can't see anything wrong with the user profiles.

I am running NT4.0 SP 6

Any ideas?

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by rsmartin In reply to Changing User Passwords o ...

If the user is trying to change a password for a Domain account, go to a Domain controller, (make sure you have thte appropriate permissions) and point to: Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, User Manager for Domains. Double-click the user account that is having problems and uncheck the box next to "User Cannot Change Password". Have them log off and try again.

If the user is trying to change a password for a local account, log onto the computer as an administrator and point to: Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, User Manager. Double-click the user account that is having problems and uncheck the box next to "User Cannot Change Password". Have them log off and try again.

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by graemeduncan In reply to Changing User Passwords o ...

The problem applies to all users across our LAN. In User Manager the only tickbox selected is "User Must Change Password at Next Logon".

Don't know if it is something to do with policies or profiles.

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by Smurfman In reply to Changing User Passwords o ...

I guess I might be wondering if you have the PASSFILT.DLL for strong passwords enabled. I have found that when the passfilt.dll is enabled the error messages for my users make no sence. Furthermore, I usually get an error that says something like the password you entered is not valid please try again. So the error message that you are getting may not be a valid clue as to what is going on. Have you made any changes in the user manager for domains? Is there a Backup Domain Controller that is out of sync with PDC? Try looking at those items. Hope this helps.
Smurfman

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by Smurfman In reply to Changing User Passwords o ...

I guess I might be wondering if you have the PASSFILT.DLL for strong passwords enabled. I have found that when the passfilt.dll is enabled the error messages for my users make no sence. Furthermore, I usually get an error that says something like the password you entered is not valid please try again. So the error message that you are getting may not be a valid clue as to what is going on. Have you made any changes in the user manager for domains? Is there a Backup Domain Controller that is out of sync with PDC? Try looking at those items. Hope this helps.
Smurfman

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by alanb In reply to Changing User Passwords o ...

What were the conditions prior to this problem - ie;

Is this a fresh domain setup?

Have users been able to log in previously, or is this the first attempt?

Has something changed in the network configuration that could have caused the problem?

Does the problem exist for ALL users, inc domain admins?

Good Luck,
Alan

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by Gicu Artistu' In reply to Changing User Passwords o ...

That user has to be an administrator on his own machine (if the machine is NT), because that password is also saved locally.

Luck!

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