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  1. Introduction
  2. Requirements
  3. License and Registration
  4. Installation
  5. Using cPWD
  6. Search Active Directory
  7. Change Passwords
  8. Update Service Logons
  9. Rename Administrator
  10. History Maintenance
  11. Working with Multiple Domains
  12. Encrypted Password Changes over the Wire
  13. Error Message when executed on a Domain Controller

Introduction

Change Passwords - cPWD is a powerful Information Security Management tool that will change local administrator password on computers across the network.

  • Target multiple Administrator accounts based on the Security Identifier Descriptor (SID)

  • Dynamically generate and apply C2-Compliant random passwords
  • Rename the local administrator account
  • Update services configured to logon with domain accounts
  • History kept on all system changes made with cPWD
  • Intuitive Active Directory Searches
  • Import/Export options
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Requirements

  • Microsoft Active Directory.
  • Windows® 2000/XP/2003
  • Systems queried across the network require Windows® NT/2000/XP/2003
  • Administrator permissions is required on all systems
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License and Registration

cPWD (product) is licensed per Systems Administrator.   Please review the End User License Agreement for details.

To register cPWD, copy the file sent to you by Absolute Dynamics to the same folder as cPWD.EXE.  When the executable is launched, the product will automatically be registered.

Absolute Dynamics provides the following benefits to our customers:

  • E-mail support
  • Elimination trial version limitation
  • Additional licenses can be purchased at anytime
  • Input into the future design all Absolute Dynamics products
  • Free upgrades for the first year
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Installation

Cumbersome installation procedures are not required.  Simply copy the executable to a directory on a local hard drive and launch the application (cPWD.exe).
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Using cPWD

cPWD is a powerful tool that will change the password of a local account, update logon information for a service or rename the local Administrator account on multiple systems across your Active Directory Domain.

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Add Computer: Allows you to manually enter a computer to be added to list of available computers.

Remove Computers: Deletes computers and all associated history reports from cPWD.

Import from a File: Import a list of computers from a text file.

Search Active Directory: Search for computer accounts you want to add to cPWD. Use the export/import functions to customize the list of available computers you manage using cPWD.

Change Passwords: Changes the password of a local account on selected computers in the list.

Update Service Logons: Updates logon information for a service on selected computers in the list.

Rename Administrator: Renames the local Administrator account on selected computers in the list

Help: Calls this web page.

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Search Active Directory

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Search Filter: Enter a computer name or partial computer name to search for.  By default all computer names are searched.

Start Path:  The LDAP path in Active Directory to begin searching.  By default the root of the default domain is searched.

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Remove Computer from List: Removes the selected computer from the list.

Export to File: Exports the list of computers to a file which can be modified, then imported at a later time.  The file name should be saved with at TXT extension.

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Change Passwords

Change Passwords will change the password of a local account on all targeted systems.

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Targeted Computers: The list of computers that will have the password changed.

Local User Account:  The name of the local user account to be changed.  If the local user account is "administrator", the account is verified by SID.  Even if the account has been renamed, use "administrator" as the name to change the password for this built-in account.

New Password: The new password to apply.

Verify Password: Verify the new password to apply.

Random Password: If Random Password is checked, it is not necessary to specify a new password because cPWD will automatically generate and apply a random password that is C2 Security compliant.

Min.Length: If Random Password is checked, then the minimum password length must be specified. The minimum password length should be set based on your Active Directory Security Policy. The length of random passwords that are generated by cPWD will be between the minimum length plus 5. For example, if you specify a minimum length of 15, the length of any given random password will be between 15-20.

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Update Service Logons

Update Service Logons will configure a specific service to logon with a domain account.  This is a handy tool if you need to change the password of special service account, then update all the computers that use it.

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Targeted Computers: The list of computers that will have logon information for the targeted service updated.

Targeted Service: The service you want to change.

Browse: Lists services from a remote computer. Use this option to select a targeted service from a remote computer.  The name of the computer in the title bar is the current computer that you're connected to.

Service Logon Account:  The name of the domain user account the service will use to logon.  It must be entered in the format "DOMAIN\USER" or "USER@DOMAIN.COM".   You may also enter "LocalSystem" as the service logon account to configure the service to logon with this built-in account. A password should NOT be used with "LocalSystem".

Password: The password of the domain account used to logon.

Verify Password: Verify the password.

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Rename Administrator

Rename Administrator will rename the local administrator account. It does not matter what the current name of the local administrator account is because cPWD renames this built-in account based on the SID.

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Targeted Computers: The list of computers that will have the local Administrator account renamed.

New Account Name: Enter the name you want the local Administrator account renamed to.

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History Maintenance

All computers and associated history files are maintained in a folder named "COMPUTERS\%COMPUTERNAME%\%COMPUTERNAME.TXT" that is automatically created as computers are added to cPWD.  By default, the "COMPUTERS" folder is created in the same directory where cPWD.EXE is executed.

It is recommended that this folder be protected, as it contains the actual account names and passwords cPWD applied.

Each time cPWD is executed against a list of systems, a status web page is generated displaying success/failure results.  Clicking the "X" or "CHECK-MARK" from this web page will open the history file for that computer.  This web page (CPWD.HTM) is overwritten each time a list of computers is scanned.

Optionally, you can also navigate to the "COMPUTERS" folder and locate/view the history file for any computer.

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Working with Multiple Domains

cPWD uses your existing credentials when searching, modifying or administering Active Directory objects or remote computers on the network. To access other domains on your network, right click cPWD.exe and perform a RunAs command against the executable, then specify the proper domain credentials.

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Encrypted Password Changes over the Wire

When using cPWD to change passwords on remote computers, the NetUserSetInfo protocol is used. This protocol has been tested and proven to be secure when changing passwords. IT DOES NOT DISPLAY THE PASSWORD IN CLEAR TEXT OVER THE WIRE.

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Error Message when executed on a domain controller

When you attempt to execute cPWD on a domain controller, you receive an error message stating "665: Specified domain is not a trusted domain". Do not execute cPWD directly on the domain controller, instead run it from a member server or workstation.

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