Active Directory Password Expiring Email Notification

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Does your 1st line help desk get fed up of having to reset end users passwords “because they didn’t know their password was expiring?”

Well, let us show you a way that you can utilise System Center Orchestrator (SCORCH), PowerShell and Active Directory Web Services (ADWS) to email all end users a few days before their password is due to expire and also send them a daily email if they still do not change their password after the first notification.



PREREQUISITES

You will need to have SCORCH setup in your environment and also ADWS so that our PowerShell script can talk to your Active Directory to get the account information.

You will also need a good understanding of Active Directory, SCORCH Runbooks, PowerShell and Email. But we will try to make this as simple as possible.

INSTRUCTIONS

First of all, we need to load up SCORCH and create a new runbook. Give the runbook an appropriate name and then drag in a Monitor Date/Time activity from under the Scheduling branch:

Now, you have a choice to make on how often you want this runbook to run. For the purposes of this guide, we are going to run it every Monday at 8am. So, double click the Monitor Data/Time item and click the Details tab on the left and enter 08:00 under the Interval section:

You can also go ahead and click the General tab and give the item a better name. For this guide, we have called it 08:00 Check.

So we now have our runbook setup to run at 08:00 everyday, but we only want it to run on a Monday. To do this, we need to create a schedule under Global Settings > Schedules:

Right click the Schedule folder and click New > Schedule. This will bring up the New Schedule box, enter an appropriate name for the schedule and then click on the Details tab. This will now bring up the Days of week radio buttons. You should now make your selections and ensure that you tick all of the Occurrence tick boxes. So you should end up with something similar to this:

Now we go back into our runbook and add a Check Schedule activity from under the Scheduling section and join the two schedules together:

Then double click the Check Schedule item and give it an appropriate name (we have called our Check Mondays) and then click on the Details tab. From here, click the three dots in the box and browse to the schedule we just created:

Then go ahead and click the Finish button.

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