How to set a password for an AD Account using PowerShell

The following is a comparison between setting a password for user accounts in AD with Windows PowerShell and ADManager Plus:

Windows PowerShell

Steps to set a password for an AD account using PowerShell:

  • Identify the domain in which you want to move the objects(s)
  • Identify the LDAP attributes you need modify.
  • Compile the script.
  • Execute it in Windows PowerShell.

Sample Windows PowerShell script

Set-ADAccountPassword -Identity 'CN=John Scott,OU=Accounts,DC=ABCCompany,DC=com' -Reset -NewPassword (ConvertTo-SecureString -AsPlainText "pa$sw0rd" -Force)
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ADManager Plus

To move AD users to another OU:

  • Select Reset Password -> User Management -> Management.
  • Select the domain and OU.
  • Choose the desired user(s), enter the new password and select Apply.


Set a password for an Active Directory account using ADManager Plus

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Following are the limitations to modify AD user(s)’s password using native tools like Windows PowerShell:

  • We can run this script only from the computers which has Active Directory Domain Services role.
  • With additional filters, the script will get longer and complicated.
  • Troubleshooting these scripts requires extensive AD and scripting expertise

ADManager Plus can help you reset users’ passwords in bulk with just a CSV file in a simple and intuitively designed UI.

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