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Active Directory Attributes » Active Directory password attribute: User-Password

Active Directory password attribute: User-Password

This is a write-only attribute that stores a user’s password in UTF-8 format. It can be updated only by the Domain Admin or Account Owner. The userPassword attribute is used only if the domain functional level is less than Windows Server 2003.

CN User-Password
Ldap-Display-Name userPassword
System-Id-Guid bf967a6e-0de6-11d0-a285-00aa003049e2

For more details about this attribute, refer to this Microsoft document. To learn how to reset this attribute, check out this page.

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