Changing account password in Windows Server 2012 with Active Directory

Changing an AD password

This manual describes how to change a password for a server with Active Directory domain service

For this purpose, open "Start" -> "Administrative Tools" -> "Active Directory Users and Computers"

Changing account password Server 2012 --AD - Start

Changing account password Server 2012 --AD - administrative tools

In the new window that appears, open the section containing the name of your domain – in the screenshot this is "example.com" – and click on the "Users" folder.

The list of users will emerge on the left side; select one of the users by name and right click on "Reset Password ..."

Changing account password Server 2012 --AD - reset password

In the change password window,

  1. Enter a new password (password must be at least 8 characters)
  2. Check the box "Require password change at the next login" if required.
  3. Unblock the relevant user account if the user has been locked by the system.

Changing account password Server 2012 --AD - type new pass

Press "OK"

If all the data have been entered correctly, a window will appear confirming successful password change
Done

This manual describes how to change password age for a server with Active Directory domain service

AD password age

Open "Start" -> "Administrative Tools" -> "Group Policy Management"

Changing account password Server 2012 --AD - group policy

 The "Group Policy Management" window will open; in the left side block open the tree
"Forest: Your Domain Name" -> "Domains" -> "Your Domain Name" -> "Default Domain Policy"; then select the "Settings" tab in the right side block.

In the "Settings" tab, open the following tabs: "Policies" -> "Windows Settings" -> "Security Settings" -> "Account Policy / Password Policy"

Changing account password Server 2012 --AD - max pass age

In the "Account Policy / Password Policy" list, right-click on "Maximum Password Age 42 Days" and select "Edit" in the context menu,

The "Group Policy Management Editor" will open.

In this editor, in the left side block, open the tree:

"Computer Configuration" -> "Policies" -> "Windows Settings" -> "Security Settings" -> "Account Policies" -> "Password Policy"

In the right side block "Maximum password age is 42 days"

Changing account password Server 2012 --AD - max pass age edit

In the window that opens, set the value "Password age" to 0 or the value you need.
"0" tells the system that the "Password age" function is disabled. In such mode, the password age is infinite.

Changing account password Server 2012 --AD - age zero

And click on "Apply", that's it.