changing local administrator password *securely*

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Subject: changing local administrator password *securely*
Posted by:  Ante (an…@anon.postalias)
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006

I've been asked to change the local administrator password on a number of
remote Windows 2000 and Windows XP systems.  I know that this can be easily
accomplished in a number of ways: scripted with VBScript and run from my PC
or from SMS, third-party tools like pspasswd, via the cusrmgr.exe resource
kit tool, and so on.  However, I'm concerned that these distribution methods
send the password in the clear across the network.

Does the cusrmgr.exe tool use any sort of encryption when changing the
password of a remote computer?  Is there some way of doing this change that
doesn't involve something drastic like setting up IPSec on the entire network?