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Local User Manager

Windows local Users Management Tool

The Local User Manager freeware from ManageEngine ADManager Plus is a useful utility aimed to help administrators manage user accounts within the Domain. This tool provides information about local user accounts and also allows management of these accounts using a convenient user interface.

It provides information on computer accounts accessible / not-accessible in the Domain. It also has a Quick Search feature to search for the accessibility of specific computers. The Local User Management freeware eliminates the need to manage user accounts locally. As an administrator, you can use the software remotely to enable, disable accounts and reset their passwords.

This freeware is basically a PowerShell cmdlet which helps administrators to effectively control the local user accounts.

Pre-requisites to using the tool:

  1. This tool requires the user to have privileges over Domain local machines that he manages.
  2. The tool must be able to connect to the Domain.  

Why should one consider this Local User Management tool?

  • It lists all local user accounts from single/multiple computers.
  • Allows addition or removal of local user accounts.
  • Allows viewing the properties for any selected local user account.
  • Allows to define or modify group memberships properties for any selected local user account.
  • Allows one to reset password for any selected local user account.
  • Allows enable/disable selected local user accounts.

Microsoft Windows PowerShell cmdlets- Free Tool

How to use this Local User Management Tool?

  1. Click the "Local User Management" by double-clicking the launcher icon to start the tool.
  2. Input the domain Name, user name and password for the administrator/an equivalent domain user. (Note: By default, if you do not give any credentials, machine local credentials will be applied)
  3. Click on 'Get Computer List' - Computers specific to that Domain will get listed.
  4. Select the desired computers from the list.

Free Windows Active Directory Domain Local User Management Tool

  1. Click on 'Get Local Users' - Local users specific to selected computers will get listed.
  2. To View the Properties for a local user account select the local user account and click on 'Properties'.
  3. To 'Reset Password' for a local user account select the local user account and click on 'Reset Password' --> Enter the 'New Password' and 'Confirm Password' -->Click on 'OK'. This will set the new password for the local user account if it meets the password policy and complexity requirements.
  4. To 'Add' a local user account
    • Click on the 'Add' button.
    • Click on the 'Add User' button to add Single User.
      • Input the 'User Name', 'Full Name', 'Description', and 'Password' for the local user account and click on 'Add'.
    • Click on the 'Import from CSV' button to multiple users, all at once.
      • Browse the appropriate CSV file which contains user list and click on 'Import'.
    • Select the computers (from the computer list) in which local users should be added.
    • Select the groups (from the group list) in which the local users should be included.
    • Click on the 'Create' button.
    • This will add the new local user accounts in selected copmuters.
  5. To 'Remove' a local user account select the local user accounts from the list and click on 'Delete'.
  6. To 'Enable' a local user account select the local user accounts from the list and click on 'Enable'.
  7. To 'Disable' a local user account select the local user accounts from the list and click on 'Disable'.

About Microsoft Windows PowerShell

Windows Powershell is a recent inclusion in the Microsoft family and has been been in limelight for quite a while now. A glazed version of its predecessors namely - "Monad" Shell, Microsoft Command Shell, or MSH; Microsoft Windows PowerShell is a powerful command line shell and scripting language with over a 130 standard command line tools, with consistent syntax and naming conventions. PowerShell integrates with the .NET framework and hosts a list of cmdlets (derivative of the cmdlet class of .NET API) which are specialized .NET classes implementing specific functions. Windows Powershell is gaining prominence as an efficient tool that helps control system administration with ease and facilitates automation, inturn improving the productivity of System Administrators.

Windows PowerShell is supported on the following Operating Systems:

  • Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2003 R2
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2008

PowerShell compatible architectures:

  • x86
  • x64
  • IA64
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