Password expiration is a quite frequent cause of many IT support issues. Passwords that are not changed within required timeframes can cause helpdesk calls from users, productivity losses, and sometimes disruptions of critical services. Windows automatically notifies users during interactive logon, but in some cases — for example, when users have AD accounts only for VPN, Outlook Web Access (OWA), or file shares — users would never actually log on interactively and see this standard Windows notification. On Windows 7, password change notification no longer works even for interactive logons.
The product also sends summary reports to system administrators by e-mail. (view sample e-mail).
This feature is available in the Netwrix Auditor solutions for:
Armed with this software, administrators can proactively resolve Active Directory password expiration issues for end users and service accounts.
Password change reminder capabilities of Netwrix Auditor also include the "Plan & Test" feature, which allows you to verify your configuration and see how many users will be affected by planned password policy changes without disturbing the users and changing AD settings.
"Once we were notified about our audit, we immediately began searching for a product that would warn users of password expirations. Luckily, we happened upon Netwrix Auditor that provided password expiration alerting and did exactly what we were looking for."
- Phil Rudich, Information Technology Manager, a Large Healthcare Management Firm