PowerShell Password Reminder Script Updated!

mslogoToday I finally released my updated version of the now infamous, PowerShell Password Reminder script.

It has been a long time coming, and I have tried to incorporate a lot of the feedback (if not all from the 230 Q&As from the TechNet Gallery.

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Make IE prompt to remember password, again!

WinningI had saved a password in IE, for a website i regularly log in to. It is a shared supplier account, and for various reasons was changed recently. Unfortunately for me, on my Windows 8 PC at work, it was not prompting me to remember the new password, worse still, it was remembering the old password. Which i was not remembering to clear out, whilst also not remembering the new password. So you had IE not remembering, to remember to ask me to save the new password, and me not remembering to forget the saved password and not remembering the new password. Read more of this post

Office 365 Email Password Reminder

powershell2xa4Regular readers will no doubt be aware of the script i wrote about two years ago to alert a user their password was about to expire. If not, just what exactly have you been doing with your time?

In any case, several people have asked me if it can be made to work with Office 365. Using 365 as the email relay to send the messages, was one thing, querying 365 for a users password expiry, was something else. Something which at the time i believe could not be done.

Given they constantly release new features and tweaks, i revisited it this week and found that actually it can now be done, with a few tweaks to the original script.

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Password Change Reminder PowerShell Script Updated!

powershell2xa4Back in 2012 i wrote a script to help me remind users about their password expiry, to reduce the number of calls i got on the helpdesk. I decided to share it and published it on the TechNet Gallery,

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Troubleshooting my Password Change Notification script

powershell2xa4I regularly receive questions on my PowerShell Script for Password Change Notification. Whilst i have tried to keep the Q&A limited to the Technet Gallery page, it occurred to me i might be better off putting together a basic troubleshooting guide a bit like a FAQ.

What you have to understand is i am inherently lazy, which is why i wrote the script in the first place, and being a bit short on ideas for posts.. well, here we are.

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Password Change Reminder PowerShell Script Updated!

powershell2xa4Back in 2012 i wrote a script to help me remind users about their password expiry, to reduce the number of calls i got on the helpdesk. I decided to share it and published it on the TechNet Gallery,

It has been quite popular since then, with over 8,000 downloads!

Throughout that time i have received a number of questions about how to tweak the script to do various things or fix bugs and errors that people have found.

I have been tweaking it as i go, without much notification to anyone. I have just finished quite a big change, so i thought i would put up a post here, to let people know.

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SBS 2011 Essentials Password Policy

sbse-conA question in the forum came up about how to change the password policy, it seemed that the Dashboard option was greyed out.

As i mentioned in my post about Office 365, in order to allow Password Sync between Essentials and Of365, passwords for users needed to be updated to meet the requirements of the Office 365 service.

This has the unhappy side effect of also blocking you from lowering the requirements if you wish to do so in your environment when you are not using Office 365.

So what do we need to do? Well the answer is simple, remove the Office 365 module.

Firstly open the Dashboard and go to the Office 365 addin tab. You should see an option on the right hand side to Uninstall.

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Follow this little wizard through and complete the process.

Uninstall

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Next, move to an elevated command prompt, and enter the following. WUSA /UNINSTALL /KB:2569105

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You will be asked if you really want to uninstall, and in this case you do.

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You should then be prompted to reboot your server.

After a reboot you can then open the Dashboard, go to the Users tab, and click Set the Password Policy, and you should find your slide bar is now working.

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The question in the forum related to changing the expiry age from 180 days (the Default) to a different value.

This cannot be done through the Dashboard, even with the Of365 module uninstalled.

You can do this using PowerShell (other ways as well, but i like PowerShell) You can launch the ‘Import System Modules’ shortcut from the QuickLaunch PowerShell icon.

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Then run this command to set the expiry to 30 days.

Set-ADDefaultDomainPasswordPolicy –identity sbs.local –MaxPasswordAge “30.00:00:00”

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Then run this command to confirm your setting.

Get-ADDefaultDomainPasswordPolicy

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If you then go and use the Dashboard to set a different selection for the Password Policy, then it will change the Max Password Age back to it’s default value of 180 days.

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