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July 20, 2005

How to Check Password Age before moving to AD

You can check the age of anyone's password by going to this site:


Which is also accessable from the ITS Network Tools page with the link titled "Verify Password".

Basically, type in a user's ID and then enter any string for the password. This will return the age of the password. If it's older than October 1st, 1999 you'll get this error:

"A new version of our authentication system was put into place on 10/01/1999. Since you last changed your password prior to that date, your account is lacking a "key salt" for the newer version. "

This tool has proven invaluable in figuring out which users are ready for Active Directory BEFORE I migrate their machine!

For a background on this active directory issue, see How come some users can't log in?

Posted by djc6 at July 20, 2005 07:53 PM

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