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In today’s networking environments many are living in two worlds, NT/XP & Novell. This program is designed for end users in those environments to help keep passwords synchronized.

In a Windows XP or Windows NT desktop environment users are faced with a minimum of two passwords, a local account password, and a network password. In many mixed environments a user will have a local password, a Novell NDS password, and a Microsoft domain password. In addition there is no easy way for a user to change their password. Users are forced to press CTRL-ALT-DEL to get to a change screen. Also there is no password checking as a user tries to change passwords. So password restrictions configured in NDS are not the same as those of the local PC or the NT domain.

PASSChg uses the users’ NDS password as a key. (For this reason users’ NDS passwords should be configured with the tightest restrictions of all systems). If the program cannot change the NDS password, it will not try to change any other password. If it can change the NDS password it will then try to change the PC Password and any attached NT domain passwords. The program can also change any single system password, if needed.

Version 2.2
Corrects a bug where it might see the same NT domain more than once when changing passwords.
Added command line options for default settings.

Jul-2008 PassChg Updates version 3.0:

Changed User Interface and colors to match users desktop
Added GroupWise support
Auto close application when all passwords are changed successfully

Jun-2004 Updates:
Changed User Interface and colors
Changed eDir password change API to support DirXML 1.1 to ADS passwordsync

Without pulling this version of PASSChg off line, version 2.9 is now available. I have had only limited testing on this version with the GroupWise add-in.


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Disclaimer: As with everything else at NetIQ Cool Solutions, this content is definitely not supported by NetIQ, so Customer Support will not be able to help you if it has any adverse effect on your environment.  It just worked for at least one person, and perhaps it will be useful for you too.  Be sure to test in a non-production environment.

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  • karl-heinz_hildebrandt says:

    Can we have the sourcecode?

  • scum says:

    Maybe if you have future releases, the ability to grey out certain password sources would be great, possibly via a command line switch….
    Great work! 😉

    Leon Hewitt

  • scum says:

    Great Job Martin,
    Works a treat.
    Posted a message requesting switches be included, but found they already are. ignore it if it ever appears…

    Another thought would be the ability to display the users Password Policy restrictions…

    just a thought and thanks a heap!

    Leon Hewitt

  • dtylam says:

    Thanks to Martin for this useful program !

    We plan to use this to avoid having users to press ctrl-Alt-Del to change the Windows and e-Dir password.

    I observed that if user have files encrypted with Microsoft Encrypted File System (EFS) (i.e Right-click on file, Property>Advance>Encrypt) then the ctr-Alt-Del change password could handled this properly, meaning that files could still be opened after password change, while the ‘chgpass.exe’ would change the login password but the encrypted file could not be opened after the password change. Any idea or fix?

    Thanks again.


Jul 3, 2008
12:57 pm
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