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User Login - Passwords (For Administration)

By jpkelly2 ·
I am an administrator with full privileges and rights. I constantly have to login into a user account whose password I do not know (the passwords are set by the user). Is there a way to log into a profile, as administrator, on the network without resetting the password... or at least log in while still allowing them to use their old password upon next login? Any detailed way to do this would be GREATLY appreciated.

In Use: Windows Server 2003/AD

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by Wizard-09 In reply to User Login - Passwords (F ...

You should not be resetting passwords of users unless the end user have asked you to.

It seems to me that you want to access someones profile without them known you have done so.

Yes you can get the passwords of the user without them known you have or resetting it do i dont see why i should tell you because i beleive you may use it for other means.

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You misunderstand...

by jpkelly2 In reply to No

That problem is that I do not have actual communicative contact with ALL employees and we use web interfaces (OWA) as well... which the user may not be able to get into if their password is reset (they will not be notified or prompted)... and I would have no way to tell them (obviously can't email it). I'm not trying to be shady or do anything illegal... just moreover trying to not be disruptive. Resetting passwords becomes a tedious process-- especially when dealing with a large project that requires me to log into each user. I was just curious if there was a work around for administrators who are SUPPOSED to be able to access all accounts. After all, it's my job and I have permission to do everything... especially monitor. Just wanted to clear that up.

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not that I am aware of....

by ---TK--- In reply to User Login - Passwords (F ...

And if there was a way, I think it would fall under TR's policy of passwd cracking/hacking... I do know how to do it in UNIX/Linux... but thats a different ball game.

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Ever since the days of DOS - this has been possible ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to User Login - Passwords (F ...

With the use of a single-word utility, but sadly my lips are effectively sealed.

Mainly because you have not explained sufficiently WHY you "constantly have to login into a user account whose password I do not know."

I'd be happier to avail you of some information if you would be so kind as to avail me first.

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oh, like

by The Scummy One In reply to Ever since the days of DO ...

format c: ?? :^0

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Yup or

by cmiller5400 In reply to oh, like

rmdir /s/q c:\*.*

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Beaten to the post again - TWICE!! ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Yup or

Now I'll never find out what this bloke was doin' rootin' around.

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I like that one

by The Scummy One In reply to Yup or

too bad I didnt think of it.

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Yup

by cmiller5400 In reply to I like that one

It stands for "Remotely Monitor Directory"

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Unlikely

by Bizzo In reply to User Login - Passwords (F ...

Otherwise, what's the purpose of having security measures like that?

If we need to log in as another user, for whatever reason, we ask them to log out, we change their password, we log in using their account and the password we've created. When we've done what we need to, we change the password back to a temporary password and check the "user must change password at next login" box, and then release the account to them telling them the new (temporary) password.

That way, only one person knows the user's password at any one time, and it's easy to determine who had control of the account if anything goes wrong, or files are accessed illegally (or whatever) during that time.

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