Monday, October 15, 2007

Change Active Directory Strong Password Policies

Windows cannot set the password for because: The password does not meet the password policy requirements. Check the minimum password length, password complexity and password history requirements.

Below are the steps to do so:

  1. Select Domain Security Policy from Administrative Tools.
  2. Expand Security Settings-Account Policies-Password Policy.
  3. Right-click on “Minimum password length” in the right pane and select Properties.
  4. Do not remove the check for the “Define this policy setting” check box.
  5. Enter a new setting - I set mine to 0 (no password required) and click OK.
  6. Right-click on “Password must meet complexity requirements” in the right pane and select Properties.
  7. Do no remove the check for the “Define this policy setting” check box.
  8. Select the Disabled option and click OK.
  9. Close the “Default Domain Security Settings” dialog.
  10. Select Start-Run and type in cmd.
  11. Type “gpupdate /force” (without the quotes) and click Enter.
  12. Type “exit” (without the quotes) to exit Cmd.

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