Wednesday, 12 Jun 2024

Fix Error 0x80070032 – Could not write changed password to AD

could not write changed password to ad. error 0x80070032.

Lately, I encountered a critical error on one of my servers: Could not write changed password to AD. Error 0x80070032. Typically, this issue occurs due to insufficient rights for LAPS (Local Administrator Password Solution). However, in this particular case, neither the server nor the OU (Organizational Unit) it belonged to had LAPS configured. I hadn’t even executed the command “Set-AdmPwdComputerSelfPermission -OrgUnit ‘servers'” yet.

In this article, I will guide you through the steps to fix this error for objects that do not have LAPS installed and configured.

How to Fix Could not write changed password to AD. Error 0x80070032.

To prevent the occurrence of Error 0x80070032, follow these steps approximately every 90 minutes:

  1. Launch Active Directory Users and Computers (dsa.msc).
  2. Enable Advanced Features in the main window.
  3. Navigate to the Organizational Unit where the computer object is located.
  4. Double-click the Computer Object, and go to the Security tab.
  5. Click Advanced.
  6. Click Add and in the new window named Permission Entry for , click Select a principal.
  7. Type SELF and click “Check Names” to validate. Then, click OK.
  8. Scroll down to “Write ms-Mcs-AdmPwd” and check the box. Finding this permission may be cumbersome if you have a long list of permissions.
  9. Click OK to save the changes.
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And that’s it! The computer object now has the necessary permissions to change its own password.

To check if the changes are effective, wait for another 90 minutes and search for Event 7, source AdmPwd, in the Application Log. You can try running a group policy update (gpupdate /force) to speed up the process, although I haven’t tested this method. Rest assured, after following the above steps, you won’t encounter Error 0x80070032 again 😉

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