Is there a problem using Computer Management > Local User and Groups > Users to change the Administrator password in Windows Home Server? Is there a chance it will cause any issues with the system? I ask as the system warns against using server tools to change settings. I have access to the system with my account, but the Administrator password isn't working,forgotten whatever and needs to be changed.


The Administrator user's password can be freely changed if you've forgotten it, though Home Server recommends never using the built-in Administrator and only using a separate account that also has admin privs. Only changing system accounts would cause certain services to stop functioning (like the ASPNET account); the majority of the services, including backup, filesharing, and streaming, use one of the System accounts that have no passwords.

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    'Windows Home Server console' only uses the Administrator to login (from what I can tell), or is there a way to use a different account?
    – Brettski
    Jan 7 '11 at 1:38
  • You should be able to run the console under any user account that is a member of the Administrators group on the server. (Those are also the only accounts that can directly RDP in, unless you've hacked the terminal services dll.) Jan 7 '11 at 1:51

Easiest way to do it via the dashboard alone

With that said, the above method is doing the same thing as changing it via console would (in fact, technically, the dashboard is run over RDP....). The only additional functionality I see via dashboard is the ability to set a password hint.

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