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Reset a Domain Admin Account Password in Windows Server 2016

When using Windows Server 2016, you should acknowledge how to reset a domain admin account password via server console, command line, PowerShell or a bootable media. Here I would show you some ways to reset domain admin account password for Windows server 2016.

Typically, there are two main reasons for which you want to reset a domain admin account password.

  1. Revealing the password to others or just being hacked.
  2. Forgetting the password or the password changed by others.

Case 1: Revealing the password to others or just being hacked

When revealing the password to other or being hacked, we can just log in our system and change the password. The ways below are available.

Way 1: Reset the domain admin account password in computer console

Step 1: Navigate to the Start Menu, and type dsa.msc in the search bar and click it on the result list to open the Active Directory Users and Computers window.

search dsamsc in start menu

Step 2: On the Active Directory Users and Computers window, just navigate to the target domain and click the Users item on the left panel. Find the domain admin account you want to reset a password for, then right-click it and select Reset Password option in the coming menu list.

reset password in active directory

Step 3: In the coming dialog, just type the possible password you like and repeat it to confirm. Last, click OK.

create new password for domain admin

Way 2: Reset the domain admin account password from command line

Step 1: Right-click the Start Menu icon and select the Command Prompt(Admin) in the coming option menu.

command prompt with admin right

Step 2: In the coming command prompt, you should just type net user [USERNAME] [PASSWORD] / domain. For example, I want to reset admin account password to be isunshare@2016, then I just type the net user administrator isunshare@2016 / domain.

type command to reset password

Note: To meet the Windows server account password policy, the possible account password is recommended to end with @XX.

Way 3: Reset the domain admin account password via the security screen

Step 1: After you succeed in logging in the Windows server 2016, just press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at same time. Then select the Change a password option in the coming screen.

press ctrl alt del to reset password

Step 2: In the coming screen, you should just give the old password and type the new password twice for confirmation, and last click the arrow icon to activate this change.

reset password in security screen

Way 4: Reset the domain admin account password in PowerShell

Step 1: Type PowerShell and run it as administrator.

open the powershell as admin

Step 2: In the coming PowerShell window, we divide this step into three parts.

First, type '$secpwd= ConvertTo-SecureString -String "XX@XX" -AsPlainText -Force'. Just replace the XX@XX with a possible password you like.

Second, type 'Set-ADAccountPassword Administrator -NewPassword $secpwd -Reset'. For this command, you should change nothing, but leave it default.

Third, type 'Set-ADUser Administrator -ChangePasswordAtLogon $false' and don't forget to click Enter after each command line.

change admin password in powershell

Case 2: Forgetting the password or the password changed by others

When you just forget a password of a domain admin account in Windows server 2016 or the password has been changed by other on purpose or not, you would feel annoying, but there are still some ways to save you from that problem. Follow me.

Way 1: Use the third party windows server password recovery tool to reset the password

Step 1: Navigate to the iSunshare official site and find the iSunshare Windows Password Genius Advanced or Raid, then download it to an accessible computer.

Windows Password Genius Advanced – General Server
Windows Password Genius Raid – Raid Server

Step 2: Install and run this software, then choose a bootable USB flash drive or CD/DVD as the media platform to burn a password reset tool.

 choose password reset tool media

Step 3: Then connect the password reset USB flash drive or CD/DVD with the target computer you want to reset a password for.

Step 4: Make the target computer boot from the USB flash drive or CD/DVD. You can refer to Set Windows server computer boot from USB.

Step 5: In the password reset tool interface, just first select an operating system you want if you have a dual system with this computer. Then select the target domain admin account you want.

isunshare win password advanced user interface

Step 6: After you ensure that the target account, just clicks Reset Password. Then a dialog would pop up to ask you whether you would like to reset the domain admin account password to be isunshare@2016. Just click Yes.

reset domain admin account password

Note: By following the Windows server account password policy, the reset password would be automatically set to end with @XX.

Step 7: Click Reboot and remove the password reset USB flash drive or CD/DVD as soon as possible. Then when the windows server system boot normally, you can log in windows server 2016 again.

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