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Password Reset Web Part Version 1.12


ArtfulBits Password Reset Web Part allows users to reset their forgotten passwords from within the SharePoint environment without administrator intervention. If user does not remember his password and wants to log in SharePoint site, he can reset his forgotten password via web part interface, passing through the various degrees of protection, included security questions and / or email confirmation. New password can be shown on page, or sent to user email, or even user can type new password manually.

ArtfulBits Password Reset Web Part

Feature List

Feature
Multiple providers support including Active Directory services, SQL membership provider and others
Configurable account required fields (Username and/or user email)
Ability to set security questions for AD password reset
Password reset request confirmation
Allows users to type new password manually
Ability to auto generate new password and deliver it online or via email
Password changed email notification
Customizable email notifications
Language pack support (desired localization could be added by request)

Why ArtfulBits Password Reset Web Part?

With importance of login security growing and password requirements increasing, it is becoming easier for users to forget their new passwords. With the ArtfulBits Password Reset Web Part, users now have the ability to submit their own password reset requests through SharePoint, no longer requiring IT Administrations assistance. After user identification, he can either type new password manually via web part interface or system will auto generate new one and show it on a page or send via email depending on web part configuration.

Used in combination with ArtfulBits Password Change and Password Expiration Web Part it can substantially improve users’ password management.

 Standard Edition
Multiple providers support including Active Directory services, SQL membership provider and others   
Configurable account required fields (Username and/or user email)   
Ability to set security questions for AD password reset   
Password reset request confirmation   
Allows users to type new password manually   
Ability to auto generate new password and deliver it online or via email   
Password changed email notification   
Customizable email notifications   
Language pack support (desired localization could be added by request)   

How to Use

Password Reset Process Flow

Password Reset supports difference verification methods: using security questions and/or email confirmation. The following diagram provided below shows password reset process flow.

Password Reset Process Flow

Password Reset Global Settings

Before using Password Reset Web Part it is required to activate ArtfulBits Password Reset Web Part site collection feature and specify Password Reset global settings for each Web application Zone.

Navigate to Password Reset Settings page to specify password reset global settings (Site Actions --> Site Settings --> Site Collection Administration --> Password Reset settings):

ArtfulBits Password Reset Global Settings

In Authentication Type section, you can see current Web application Zone (for which password reset is configured), Web application URL and authentication type for this zone.

ArtfulBits Password Reset Global Settings

In order to enable password reset for current zone, check Yes under Allow password reset for this zone?. If No is selected, then Password Reset Web Part will not be visible for this zone.

If current zone authentication uses Active Directory users (Windows authentication or FBA with LDAP membership provider), then it is required to provide administrative account, that has a right to reset AD users passwords.

ArtfulBits Password Reset Global Settings

If you want to use security questions to validate AD user identity, check Enable Security Questions and specify at least one security question. You should set question displayed in the Web Part and define the field in Active Directory that the user’s answer is confirmed against.

ArtfulBits Password Reset Global Settings

Note: This flag is auto determined for FBA membership providers (except LDAP membership provider), and depends on provider's RequiresQuestionAndAnswer property.
If RequiresQuestionAndAnswer is set to true, then user should answer a password question for password reset.

In order to send confirmation email before password reset, you should check Enable Email Confirmation option. You can change default message displayed for user in web part and confirmation email Subject and Body. You can use the following key templates in email fields: $USERNAME$, $USEREMAIL$, $CONFIRMLINK$.

ArtfulBits Password Reset Global Settings

Note: If FBA membership providers (except LDAP membership provider) has RequiresQuestionAndAnswer equal to True and EnablePasswordRetrival is equal to False, then this option will be disabled in this case.

Password reset allows to generate new password automatically or to type new one manually. In Password Receive Type section check appropriated option for it:

  • Generate new password automatically and show it on page – new password will be generated automatically and will be shown via Web Part. $USERNAME$, $USEREMAIL$, $NEWPASSWORD$ template keys are supported as well.
  • Generate new password automatically and send it via email – new password will be generated automatically and email will be sent to user email account with new password. $USERNAME$, $USEREMAIL$, $NEWPASSWORD$ template keys can be used in email subject and body.
  • Enable to type new password manually – users will be able to type new password and confirm it manually via Web Part interface.

ArtfulBits Password Reset Global Settings

In order to avoid any security issues, you can check Send email notification on password changed. As soon as new password is generated or user types new one manually, system will send email notification to user email address just inform that his password has been changed.

ArtfulBits Password Reset Global Settings

If user account is locked due to AD password policy violations (for ex. an incorrect password was entered three times when user logins), user can be unlocked automatically. For it, you should check Unlock account automatically option in Additional Settings section.

ArtfulBits Password Reset Global Settings

Setting up Password Reset on an Anonymous Access SharePoint Site

Enable Anonymous Access

In order to access to the Web page for the users, that forgot their passwords, you should enable anonymous access for SharePoint site.

Open SharePoint Central Administration --> Application Management --> select target Web Application --> Authentication Providers and choose authentication provider:

Enable Anonymous Access

In Anonymous Access section, check Enable anonymous access:

Enable Anonymous Access

After you have enabled anonymous access to Web application, you should enable it for your SharePoint site collections that needs password reset. For that, open SharePoint site and go to Anonymous Access settings page (Site Actions --> Site Permissions --> Anonymous Access).

Enable Anonymous Access

In Anonymous Access section, specify the parts of SharePoint site that anonymous users can access. If you select Entire Web site, anonymous users will be able to view all pages in your Web site and view all lists and items which inherit permissions from the Web site. If you select Lists and libraries, anonymous users will be able to access pages and view items only for those lists and libraries that have enabled permissions for anonymous users.

Enable Anonymous Access

In order to use ArtfulBits Password Reset web part it is enough to select List and libraries option under Anonymous users can access box.


Adding Web Part to a Page

After anonymous access to site is configured, you can add Password Reset Web Part to your custom page or use built-in ArtfulBits Password Reset page. This page is included in Password Reset package, and you can find it by following URL:
http://[sitecollectionurl]/_layouts/ArtfulBits.WebParts/PasswordReset/PasswordReset.aspx

ArtfulBits Password Reset Built-in Page

In order to use Password Reset web part in your custom page, you should:

  • Enable anonymous access to this page.
  • Add Password Reset Web Part to this page.
    On Page Edit, click Add a Web Part in the area on the page. Select ArtfulBits Web Parts category, select ArtfulBits Password Reset Web Part and then click Add.

    Add Password Reset Web Part

  • Configure Password Reset Web Part:
    a) Select Edit Web Part from web part menu.

    Add Password Reset Web Part

    b) Password Reset Web Part configuration pane is displayed on the right side of the screen. In this pane you can configure custom properties of web part as for standard web part.
    c) In the Password Reset Settings section you can specify default view of the web part. It can be Forgot Password? link or password reset form.
    d) To specify password reset global settings, you should click Click here to open Password Reset settings page link.

Preparation for Installation

Before installation, please, check that your target server meets Password Reset Web Part system requirements.

Also, it is recommended to install ArtfulBits License Manager before (if it is not installed).


1. Installation

Download Password Reset Web Part installation package from ArtfulBits website, unpack the file, and run Setup.exe:

Note:

You must be a SharePoint Farm Administrator for successful installation. Also "Windows SharePoint Administration" and "Windows SharePoint Timer" should be running on the server:

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After system check is finished, click "Next".

After reading License Agreement, click "Accept" and go to next step.

Select one or more web applications and click "Next".

Wait for install to succeed, click "Next" for deployment status details.

2. License Management

Password Reset Web Part uses Per-Farm License Model (each license is bound to single SharePoint Farm ID). For more details about licensing models please visit License Agreement.

Product works in unlicensed mode for three days from the moment of installation. In this mode all the product features are unlocked same way as with trial license. After these three days either trial license or full license should be entered for product to function.

  • To get Password Reset Web Part trial license click here.

After ArtfulBits License Manager is installed, go to the SharePoint Central Administration page:

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Choose "Operations".
Click on "ArtfulBits License Manager":

Click on "ArtfulBits License Manager":

This page shows all ArtfulBits installed products and their license statuses.

Click on product name to view license details.

If product is not licensed you can click "Enter License" link and enter license key (trial or full) into textbox. For upgrading product edition click "Convert License" and enter new license of target product edition.

Pressing "Activate" button will verify the key and in case of verification success license status will be updated.

Note: in trial or unlicensed mode all product features are available for evaluation. This way you will be able to try each and every feature available in the product line which will give you good understanding of what feature set will be necessary for you and it will be easier to come up with the decision which product edition should be purchased. After trial period expiration full license should be purchased which will determine product edition and available (unlocked) feature set.

3. Activating / Deactivating Feature

Click "Site Actions" menu in the root site of one site collection, then click "Site Settings":
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Click "Site collection features" link in Site Settings page:
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In SharePoint Site collection feature list, activate ArtfulBits Password Reset Web Part feature (if deactivated):

4. Product Upgrading

Process of updating Password Reset Web Part is pretty straightforward - just download latest installation package and execute Setup.exe from it. After system check completes, select an "Upgrade" option and then follow setup wizard instructions.

5. Uninstallation / Repairing

Execute Setup.exe from your installation package. On the Repair and Remove section, select Remove radio button and click "Next", the Password Reset Web Part will be uninstalled. Or select "Repair" - to repair the Password Reset Web Part .


For SharePoint 2013 products:
Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Windows Server 2012
Server: SharePoint Release:
  • SharePoint Foundation 2013 or SharePoint Server 2013
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
Browser:
  • Internet Explorer 8+
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome
For SharePoint 2010 products:
Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 x64 SP2
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows 7 x64
Server: SharePoint Release:
  • SharePoint Foundation 2010 or SharePoint Server 2010
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.5
Browser:
  • Internet Explorer 8+
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome

Item Version Size
SharePoint 2013
ArtfulBits_Password_Reset_v1.12_SP2013.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Password Rset Web Part install files for SharePoint 2013, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
1.12 2272 Kb
ArtfulBits_Password_Reset_v1.12_FullPack_SP2013.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Password Reset Web Part and License Manager install files for SharePoint 2013, user guides and install guides documents for both products. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
1.12 4211 Kb
SharePoint 2010
ArtfulBits_Password_Reset_v1.12_SP2010.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Password Rset Web Part install files for SharePoint 2010, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
1.12 2270 Kb
ArtfulBits_Password_Reset_v1.12_FullPack_SP2010.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Password Reset Web Part and License Manager install files for SharePoint 2010, user guides and install guides documents for both products. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
1.12 4209 Kb
Documentation
Password_Reset_UserGuide.pdf
Password Reset Web Part user guide.
988 Kb
Password_Reset_InstallGuide.pdf
Installation guide describes installation and licensing steps.
976 Kb


Note: FullPack is not required if you already have installed or download ArtfulBits License Manager.

Release Notes

Version Notes
v1.1
(February 5, 2013)
New Features:
  • Added SharePoint 2013 support
  • Added German and Russian localization
v1.01
(April 4, 2012)
Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed File Not Found error in Password Reset settings page
v1.0
(February 15, 2012)
Initial Release

[PRO] - Professional edition
[ENT] - Enterprise edition

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