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Resetting Password for Azure Virtual Machine through Azure Portal

1. Purpose: The purpose of this Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is to provide step-by-step instructions on how to reset the password for an Azure virtual machine (VM) using the Azure Portal.

2. Scope: This procedure applies to Azure users with appropriate permissions and access to the Azure Portal.

3. Prerequisites:

  • Valid Azure subscription.

  • Appropriate access permissions to manage virtual machines.

  • Access to the Azure Portal.

4. Procedure:

Step 1: Sign in to the Azure Portal

  • Open a web browser and navigate to the Azure Portal (

  • Sign in using your Azure account credentials.

Step 2: Locate the Virtual Machine

  • In the Azure Portal dashboard, click on "Virtual machines" in the left-hand menu.

  • Locate the virtual machine for which you need to reset the password and click on its name.

Step 3: Reset the Password

  • In the virtual machine's overview page, click on the "Reset password" button in the top menu.

Step 4: Specify New Password Details

  • In the "Reset password" blade, enter the new password in the "User name" and "Password" fields.

  • Confirm the new password by entering it again in the "Confirm password" field.

  • Optionally, enable the "Force password change on next login" checkbox if you want the user to change the password after the reset.

  • Click on the "Update" button to save the new password.

Step 5: Access the Virtual Machine

  • Once the password is successfully reset, note down the new password.

  • Use the new password to access the virtual machine either through Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) or Secure Shell (SSH) depending on the operating system.

Step 6: Update Documentation and Notify Users

  • Update any relevant documentation or records to reflect the new password.

  • Notify the user(s) or relevant stakeholders about the password reset, providing them with the new password and any additional instructions, if applicable.

5. Notes and Best Practices:

  • Ensure that you have the necessary permissions and authority to perform the password reset operation.

  • Always follow secure password practices, including using strong, unique passwords.

  • Regularly review and rotate passwords to maintain security.

  • Consider implementing additional security measures like multi-factor authentication (MFA) to enhance the security of your Azure virtual machines.

  • Document all password reset actions and communicate them to the appropriate personnel to ensure transparency and accountability.

6. References:

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