"User cannot be updated" error appears when updating the users password in the Active Directory event in workflow

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Error appears when updating Active Directory password in Active Directory event in workflow

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When a workflows process instance reaches an Active Directory event which tries to update a users password, the process instance stops with the following error appearing:


"User cannot be updated. An Active Directory error has occured."




  • The process instance returns the following error at the Active Directory event: "LDAP_UNWILLING_TO_PERFORM Description Server cannot perform operation. ; ServiceName: Account Management Service."

  • The Active Directory event is used to update a users' password.

  • The same error appears when trying to update the users' password using the AD User SmartObject in SmartObjects Service Tester.


Troubleshooting Steps

  1. Check which account the Active Directory event is running as:


  2. Make sure that account is a member of the Account Operators group, or has the same permission as Account Operators.


  3. Check if your Active Directory has any specific password requirements, and make sure the password you are trying to update meets that requirement.


  4. Make sure that the user account you want to update is allowed to change the password in Active Directory. If the user account is new, and the option "User must change password at next logon" is checked, you should not be allowed to update the password as well until your user has logged into the domain and changed his/her password.


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