How to set user account password to 'never expires' in Active Directory?

Read on to know how to modify an the password settings of a user account in Active Directory using PowerShell and how you can get it done easily with ADManager Plus.

Windows PowerShell

  • Identify the domain in which the account to be modified is located.
  • Create and compile the script for changing the password setting of the AD account. Execute the script in PowerShell.
  • Sample script for changing the password setting to 'user must change pass word at next logon' for an AD user account:
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Set-ADUser -Identity 86843e63-a364-49e0-a7ea-6eeb8838a4f0 -PasswordNeverExpires $true
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ADManager Plus

  • Navigate to Management > User Management > Bulk User Management > Reset Password.
  • Select the Domain and the User Account(s) you wish to change the password settings for. You can even import this list from a CSV file. Click Apply.
  • Click on the Account tab, and set Account Expires as Never. Then click Apply.

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Set Active Directory user password to never expires using ADManager Plus

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Although modifying the password settings of AD accounts with native tools like PowerShell looks simple, it comes with a few limitations:

  • The PowerShell script can be run only from the computers which have the Active Directory Domain Services role installed in them.
  • Need for a new script, in case the password settings are to be changed for multiple users.
  • The syntax, parameters and iterations need to be correct. A typo or incorrect syntax might be difficult to spot and rectify, especially when the script is a long one.
  • Cannot delegate the modification of AD accounts or other AD management tasks to help desk technicians.

ADManager Plus lets you perform the same with a few clicks from its web-based GUI console. It also has options for modifying the password settings of multiple users simultaneously with templates or by importing a CSV file containing the modified attribute values. Learn more about it here.

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