OU Passwords

[ Introduction | Program Features | Revision History | Acknowledgements | Legal Note | Download ]

In certain cases, it is necessary to automatically audit an Active Directory Organisational Units (OU) to find users whose passwords are about to expire or have expired - and notify these users accordingly. While several programs exist to perform this task, none of them is free. It is well known that anything written for an enterprise-scale companies usually carries an enterprise-scale price tag. OU Passwords is a simple tool for an otherwise complicated task. When I realised that others charge around $3,000 for such a program - I decided to write one myself and give it away for free.

Below is a screenshot of the program's administrative view. Click on the image for a large picture.

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Program Features
The features of the program are not numerous - but everything you need is here:

  • Select one of more OU's or groups to audit.
  • Select to send up to 2 notifications for impending password expirations.
  • Specify how many days prior to password expiration the emails are to be sent.
  • Select to send email notifications when passwords have expired.
  • Send plain text or HTML emails.
  • Choose to copy notifications to a domain administrator for additional monitoring.
  • A summary email is automatically sent to the administrator's email address.
  • Choose your own SMTP server and port, as well as email subject text.
  • Perform a one-off run straight from the administrative screen.
  • Easy integration with Windows Sheduler.
  • Very intuitive interface.
  • No complicated installer - simply unzip and run - based on industry-standard .NET framework.
  • It's absolutely FREE!

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Revision History

  • Version 0.1a
    • Initial revision.

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I would like to thank Dennis Austin for his Task Scheduler Class Library for .NET, hosted on CodeProject site, as it saved me loads of time writing this functionality myself.

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Legal Note

OU Passwords is Copyright ©2008 by The Shchuka's Place.

This program is provided to you free of charge and with absolutely no warranty. Use it at your own risk The Shchuka's Place will not be held responsible for any damage caused by the use or misuse of this program and will not be held liable for any inappropriate or illegitimate use. No support will be provided by the author - you are on you own.

If you need to contact the author, you can do so here.

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Download the latest release here. Simply unzip OUPasswords.exe and TaskScheduler.dll from inside the ZIP file, place them into any directory and execute OUPasswords.exe.

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