Having lost the current password for a Windows 2008 server user account. How do I change the password?
If I follow the control panel link to the user and look to reset the password, a part of the dialogue requires entry of the current password. Which I didn’t have!
Its possible to get around this requirement from a command prompt.
Right click on command prompt, from the menu, and select to run as administrator
net user username *
When asked, enter the new password, and re enter for confirmation.
Obliged to confirm that the password change is correct and the anticipated value has been entered I once more tried logging in with a remote desktop session from another computer.
Using the command prompt as opposed to the user control panel I was able to reset a user password without the knowledge of the current password.