User’s Guide to Password Reset Web Part for SharePoint 2013, Part 2: Setup for AD Users in Windows Authentication Using an Email Address

Part 2: How to setup Password Reset for Active Directory users in Windows Authentication by using an email address.

Are you looking for a simple and easy way to provide users with a self-service password reset capability through email or a security question-based challenge/response mechanism on SharePoint 2013? Look no further, for Bamboo Password Reset Web Part is available NOW for SharePoint 2013! To celebrate the launch of Password Reset Web Part, we're introducing a new four-part blog series that will walk you through the the Web Part and all of its functionalities.

As part two of four, this article will show you how to configure Password Reset Web Part so that passwords can be reset by Active Directory users and NT Directory users in Windows authentication by using an email address.

To begin, navigate to the Edit Page menu and click on the Insert tab. Choose Bamboo Solutions from Categories and Password Reset Web Part from Parts

To begin configuring the Web Part, go to Modify in the tool pane.

In Select a Zone, choose Default.

Please note for the Just show confirmation message checkbox on the Zone Configuration screen:

  • If you check this box, the Web Part will only display a confirmation message after your password has been reset successfully. An additional textbox will NOT be displayed.
  • If you do not check this box, the Web Part will display both a confirmation message as well as textboxes after your password has been reset successfully.

Under Choose to use e-mail address or use security questions to reset password, there are two available options from which to select:

  • Use security questions
  • Use e-mail address

Reset password using security questions:

Follow these steps to allow users to reset their password using security questions:

1. Select the Use email address radio button.

Please note that if you want to be able to have NT Directory users to reset their password, you will need to check the Local Server user group checkbox.  If you do NOT check the checkbox, the Web Part will only reset passwords for AD user2.

2. In the Site collection URL where users are section, input the current site collection URL:

Please make sure that the identified user exists in your current site collection:

3. In the Enter Administrative Account that has rights to reset user password section, input the Domain Name, Account Name, Password, and Fully Qualified Domain Name for the user who has rights to reset a user's password in Active Directory:

4. In Default Logon Domain Name:

  • If you input the Domain Name into the textbox, you do not need to input the domain name before the user name in the Web Part (In this example, we're using the username: user1)
  • If you do not input the Domain Name into the textbox, you will need to input the domain name before the user name in the Web Part (In this example: bamboovnuser1)

5. If needed, select the password policy for the account:

6. In User Helper Text, input the text that you would like to display under the User Name textbox in the Web Part:

7. There will be two radio buttons from which to choose:

  • Exclude Users: In this option, you will need to input the users whom you wish to exclude from resetting passwords.
  • Exclude AD Groups: In this option, you will need to input the AD groups you wish to exclude from resetting passwords.

8. In the E-mail Options section, input the SMTP Server Name, the E-Mail From e-mail address, and, if needed, an email address that will be CC'ed:

9. In the Confirmation E-mail Options section, input the generic text for the automatic response email's Subject and E-mail message:

10. In the New E-mail Options section, input the generic text for the Subject and E-mail message:

11. Check Apply and OK in the tool pane. The Password Reset Web Part will look as pictured below.

12. Next, input user information into all applicable textboxes and click Submit:

A confirmation message will be shown after the password has been successfully reset:

Go to your inbox to see the confirmation e-mail and verify that it was sent successfully.

In the email, click on the here hyperlink to reset your password.

A new e-mail message will arrive that contains the new password:


Ready to give Password Reset Web Part a try? Jump over to the Password Reset Web Part product page and select Add Trial to Cart to download a fully-functional 30-day trial.

Check out the rest of the series here:

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