Windows Server 2012: How to change password when connected via Remote Desktop

Title

Change password when connected via Remote Desktop

Business Goal

Like a lot of people on the internet I was missing the change password option. Normally that is no problem because there are some shortcut keys for this (CTRL + ALT + END). But those were actually not working when I was connected to a customer environment via a Remote Desktop Session.

Change Password Option

Technical Overview

The basic idea was from this thread on Technet. But in stead of using VBS I just wanted to use PowerShell for this. The solution is a simple PowerShell script that uses New-Object cmdlet of PowerShell. By creating a new Shell object you can run the WindowsSecurity method.

Prerequisites

To complete this how-to, you must have the following prerequisites must be met:
– A domain account that can log on to the Windows Server 2012
– A domain account that has access to Windows PowerShell

Steps

1. Run the Powershell script in Windows PowerShell via the following command .\get_windowssecurity.ps1

Additional resources

Dev Center – Shell object
Dev Center – Shell.WindowsSecurity method
New-Object
Technet Forums – How do I change password when connected to Remote Desktop?

Applies to

Windows Server 2012

Change History

23-09-2014 – 1.0

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