[PowerShell] From 20 minutes to 20 seconds – Change domain user password on multiple domains without login into each one
- Posted by Cláudio Silva
- On September 17, 2017
- 0 Comments
- Active Directory, Change Password, Different Doamins, DirectorySearcher, LDAP, PowerShell, PowerShell Tip, Scripting
I’m working on a environment where I have to deal with multiple domains.
The user’s password needs to be updated each 40/45 days (it depends on the domain).
Can you see the pain?
This means that every month and half I have to dedicate like 20 minutes to change my password on 10 different domains by logging in to a host that belongs to that domain to be able to change it.
Because I would like a faster way to do this and I’m not proficient with AD, I asked help to Jaap Brasser (b | t). He pointed me to a blog post he has written sometime ago called Active Directory Friday: Change a user’s password.
This code resets the password and not to change/update it. Because I don’t have permission to do it, this method won’t work for me. Also, I don’t have the AD module with all
*-ad* cmdlets installed on my machine.
Despite this, his code gave me some clues about the way it could work. I did some more research and finally I found a way to do it from a single machine.
Disclaimer: For this script work, you need to be able to query the LDAP on the different domains. Some things may differ between my environment configuration and yours. Example: In my environment I had to use the IP of the DC instead of name.
When you run the script you will be prompted for your current/old credentials and the new password.
$oldCredential = Get-Credential -Message "Enter domain, user name and old password"
$NewPassword = Read-Host -AsSecureString -Prompt 'Enter new password'
#Here, we get the domain part from credential - in my case I had to use the IP
$DC = $($oldCredential.UserName.split(''))
$userName = $($oldCredential.UserName.split(''))
$DomainEntry = New-Object -TypeName System.DirectoryServices.DirectoryEntry "LDAP://$DC" ,$oldCredential.UserName,$($oldCredential.GetNetworkCredential().password)
$DomainName = $DomainEntry.name
# Example search against remote domain
$Searcher = New-Object -TypeName System.DirectoryServices.DirectorySearcher
$Searcher.Filter = "(samaccountname=$userName)"
$Searcher.SearchRoot = $DomainEntry
$user = [adsi]$Searcher.FindOne().Path
With this code you should be able to change your password on a different domain from just one location.
I have updated my password on all domains in less than 20 seconds.
Thanks for reading