If you want to have a password reset website for your users but don’t want to purchase a 3rd party solution – you can still do this using Microsoft 2012 Server.
How to setup a password reset website using Server 2012 RD Web
Choose a server to install this role. For my environment, I chose to use the print server.
1. Install RD Web Access from the Remote Desktop Services. Remote desktop to your server (I’m installing this on my print server) and open Server Manager. Add Roles and Features – Next – Remote Desktop Services installation – Next.
2. Choose Standard deployment – Next.
Choose Session-based desktop deployment – Next.
On Role Services – Choose Next.
3. On Specify RD Connection Broker server – select your server – add it and choose Next.
4. On Specify RD Web Access server – Place a checkmark in the Install the RD Web Access role service and click Next.
5. On Specify RD Session Host servers – select your server – add it and choose Next.
6. Confirm your selections – place check mark in Restart the server and click Deploy.
7. When the server finishes restarting – Launch Server Manager and wait for it to complete. Once it completes, you will see a pop up regarding licensing mode.
In my experience, as long as you do not install the RD Licensing then the RD password reset website that we are going to configure next will continue to work after the 119 days.
Setting up the website and related configurations for domain password reset
8. Launch Server Manager – Tools – IIS Manager
Expand Sites – Default Website – RDWeb – Pages – then in the middle pane – open Application Settings.
9. Double click PasswordChangeEnabled and switch the value to true and click OK.
10. Now your Password reset website is enabled and you can test it by going to this address on your server: https://yourservername.domain.com/RDWeb/Pages/en-US/password.aspx
When someone needs to change their password I now send them this link and they can do it remotely.
Open a web browser and go to http://connect.tamu.edu
Under Group – click the drop down box and choose “tunnel_tamu_traffic” and then enter your NetID and password and click Login
On the next page, click the Download button or the AnyConnect VPN blue hyperlink:
Once the AnyConnect file downloads – open the location and double click to install:
Click Next to continue with the install:
Accept the license agreement and click Next:
Click Install and when completed click Finish:
Part 2 – Configuring the VPN Connection for TAMU
Now that VPN has been installed – click the start windows and scroll to “C” and find Cisco – Right click “Cisco Anyconnect” and choose “More” and “pin to taskbar” and this will place it on the taskbar for easier access in the future:
Now click the Cisco Client in the taskbar to open VPN:
In the box that pops up on the right, enter “connect.tamu.edu” into the white space area:
Click connect. In the next box that pops up enter your NetID and Password and click OK. Wait for it to authenticate and if successful you will see a pad lock:
You can also check by clicking the up arrow in the bottom right and hovering over the Cisco circle icon:
Part 3 – Connecting to your remote computer using remote desktop:
Click start – scroll down to Windows Accessories – click Remote Desktop:
Type in the IP address of your remote computer in the white space box and click Connect:
In the box that pops up enter your credentials and click OK:
In the identity box that pops up – check the name in the middle section for Certificate name = it should be something familiar to your remote connection name. Example OfficeComputer or HomePC:
Open your mail settings and go to Accounts and click Add Account.
In the Email field, enter your department email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
In the Description field – enter whatever you like for example –
Stat email or Science email and then click Next.
If it asks for your password put in your NetID password and then
it will bring you to the full settings page. Enter your departmental
email address in the Email field, in Server enter exchange.tamu.edu
and leave the Domain field blank. For Username enter your NetID@tamu.edu. For Password enter your NetID password and then click next.
Leave the Mail button green for turned on. Make your choice for Contacts, Calendars, Reminders and Notes and then click Save.
Step 1 – From Outlook – click the 3 horizontal dots on the bottom left of your email client: Step 2 – Select Folders from your navigation options: Step 3 – Under public folders, click the arrow/triangle to expand drill
down to Office of the Dean (or wherever your groups are stored). Step 4 – Right click the group you want to add (in this example Address Book-COS) and then choose Properties. Step 5 – in the property box that pops up:
A) Click the Outlook Address Book tab.
B) Put a check mark in the box to show in Address Book.
C) Click Apply and then OK. Step 6 – Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for any other groups you want to add
(In this example Groups, COS). Step 7 – Repeat Step 5 and place the check mark in the box. Step 8 – In the bottom left of your outlook client click the mail icon
to return to your regular mail view. Step 9 – Open a new email and click the To field. Step 10 – Click the Address Book area and scroll up to see
your newly added groups.