I was recently working on a project where users were getting new laptops issued to them and this involved users having to have their passwords changed afterwards to ensure security. Rather than do it manually I cooked up this little script with a little help from Google.

The script will look for a CSV file in the location C:\Scripts\Users.csv and will only be looking for one column called SamAccountName. If the file doesn't exist in that location or the CSV file it finds doesn't have a SamAccountName column it wont work and will fail.

If you do use the script you can always change the path manually in the script to where you have stored the CSV file. I may update the script when I get chance to put it into a variable that can be passed into the script but that's for another day.

The script will then read the contents of the CSV file and for each entry it will set the 'User must change password at next logon

Here is the script itself

 

So imagine a situation where you have Office 365 and you synchronise your on premise Active Directory with Office 365 via DirSync or Windows Azure Active Directory Sync Tool to give its full name. One day an employee comes to you and informs you of their name change which you duly change in your on premise active directory and either wait for a sync to occur or trigger on manually. Then you find out that the users logon name in Office 365 hasn't changed so they are still logging in with their old logon name or worse they cannot access their mailbox. ...continue reading "Changing a user’s logon name in Office 365"