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How to change password of a windows 10 local user


I am trying to change the password of a Windows 10 local user using OCS. I am running an OCS  NG Unix server 2.6 and OCS NG Windows Agent

I am encrypting the password using Powershell and I am trying to change the password using Microsoft.PowerShell.LocalAccounts module with Set-LocalUser command.

I know that I can change the password using net user username password but with this option, I have to send the password in clear text and is not a valid solution for me.

I have opened a cmd as SYSTEM account and I can change the password successfully but if I run the same script using OCS deploy it says

"The term 'Set-LocalUser' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again."

I have even tried to install/import the module using OCS deploy. The error that I get is:

'C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules\Microsoft.PowerShell.LocalAccounts' was not loaded because no valid module file was found in any module directory.

At line:1 char:1

+ Import-Module -Name C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Module ...

+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    + CategoryInfo          : ResourceUnavailable: (C:\Windows\Syst...l.LocalAccounts:String) [Import-Module], FileNot

    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Modules_ModuleNotFound,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.ImportModuleCommand

Did anyone encountered this issue or use another way to change the password in a secure way?
in OCS Inventory NG server for Unix by (730 points)

2 Answers

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Thank you very much sokatra for pointing me in the right direction and showing me that OCS runs under 32bit

To change a local windows user password i have first encrypted the password into a file

ConvertFrom-SecureString -SecureString ( Read-Host -AsSecureString) -Key (1..16) | Set-Content Passwd.txt

I have to run the 64bit PowerShell

and I have changed with the following command:

c:\windows\sysnative\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe "Set-LocalUser -Name 'username' -Password $(Get-Content 'Passwd.txt' | ConvertTo-SecureString -Key (1..16))"
by (730 points)
+1 vote
Try to start powershell with tis command




Kind regards
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