How to Change a Local Administrator Password for a Domain Controller

By Jim Campbell

The domain controller controls all aspects of a Windows network.
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The local administrator password on your Windows 2008 server domain controller allows you to change settings only on the local machine. This is beneficial if you want to make changes to the local machine without the need for global changes on the network. You can edit this local administrator password to avoid any unauthorized access of your domain controller, which can bring down network services and leave private network data vulnerable to hackers.

Log in to the domain controller using your current administrator password. Click the Windows "Start" button and select "Control Panel." Double-click "User Accounts" to open a new window.

Click "Change your password" in the section labeled "Make changes to your user account." This displays text boxes for your password changes.

Enter your current password in the first text box. In the "New Password" text box, enter the new password. Enter it a second time in the confirmation text box.

Enter a password hint in case you accidentally forget the password and click the "Change Password" button to save your changes.