Setting up passwords

This is part of the series which started with Accessing Cardbox without Windows.

By now, you have created your Windows computer in the cloud, started it up for the first time, and found out its IP address. You have got yourself software for connecting to Windows computers via Remote Desktop, and you have started it.

Now you have to set up passwords. This is the last bit of system administration you will have to do.

Logging in as the administrator

Here are your login details:

IP address: The IP address you made a note of earlier

User name: Administrator

Password: CBX44376A

Domain: If you are asked for this, leave it blank

Your Remote Desktop software will connect to your new Windows computer.

(If you get a message saying “The server name on the certificate is incorrect: do you want to connect to this computer anyway?”, press the button saying “Yes” or “Connect”).

In a few seconds you will see your new Windows desktop.

Changing the passwords

Press the Start button, click on “Control Panel” on the right of the box, double-click on User Accounts.

Think of a new password for the Administrator user and write it down. Then pick “Change your password” from the User Accounts window, and enter your new password.

Click on “Manage other accounts”. Delete the user called Admin (and say Yes to deleting its files). Admin is not needed.

Finally, go to the Client account and change its password. The Client account is the one you will use on a day-to-day basis when using Cardbox from your iPad or Mac. You may never need to use the Administrator account again.

And that is that. You can now log out as the administrator (press the Start button and then select Log Off from the menu at the far bottom right-hand corner). You are now ready to log in as Client, and to use Cardbox.

Optional: adding new users

Throughout this series I’ve been talking as if you are the only one to be using this computer to run Cardbox and access your Cardbox Server databases. But you may very well not be. Your work colleagues may want to do the same. In that case you will want to give each of them his own account.

To add a new user, you have to be the administrator. The same Start > Control Panel > User Accounts process you used to change passwords can also be used to add new users. Make sure you give each user a password.

There is one more thing: the users you add must be made part of the Remote Desktop Users group. The command to do this is Start-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Local Users and Groups-Groups-Remote Desktop Users. Press the Add button, type the user names, click on “Check Names” to check them, and then press OK.


3 Responses to “Setting up passwords”

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  2. Peter Williams Says:

    Thanks very much. This is great and everything very clear to this ‘Setting up Passwords’ point and then some questions:
    1 When you say Administrator do you mean creating/finding an Administrator account or using the different name that I, at any rate, have?
    2 How do you find where to put in the log in details?
    3 Am I correct in assuming that the client account is my existing named account?
    5 In relation to your page 6 does stopping it mean that I will have to change the IP address in the login details?
    6 Various connecting things – printer for example – use my present IP address. Will they need to be changed every time I stop?
    7 Will everything on my computer be uploaded (a lot!) or just the Cardbox files?
    8 Do I need to keep it running until everything is uploaded and how do I know when that has happened?


    • cardbox Says:

      Can you please explain what you are trying to do? I started going through your questions and at a given point I got completely confused.

      The setup the blog series is talking about is this:

      I. A Cardbox Server program running somewhere that is accessible from the Internet. I was assuming a cloud server (Windows or Linux) but you could even run the Cardbox Server on your own cloud computer at home.

      II. A Windows computer in the Amazon cloud. This computer runs the Cardbox client and talks to (I) using it.

      III. A Mac computer or an iOS [or Android] device. This runs a Remote Desktop client, and talks to (II) using it, thus showing you a Windows desktop and allowing you to run and use Cardbox.

      From your questions, I’m beginning to think that you are talking about something quite different. So could you please explain the setup (and intended setup) in detail? Feel free to email me at if you prefer.

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