Windows 2003 Server Domain/Group Password Policy

Posted on 2004-03-24
Last Modified: 2007-12-19
Here's a good one..... We just setup a new server with windows 2003 (this is a domain controller) and would like to keep simple password policies.  We have edited the default domain password policy by disabling (or undefining) lenght, complexity, etc.  After making the changes the system was rebooted and we still cannot use simple passwords.  We even tried this on another server as a test with the same results.  Please advise how we can impact this change is the password policy.

Thanks for you assistance,
Roy Brotherhood
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kabaam earned 300 total points
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I see a lot of this.

My understanding of this problem is that you cannot roll-back complex passwords - I know this shouldn't be the case, but it seems that it is.

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Netman66 earned 200 total points
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Ok, here it is...

Undefining it will tattoo registries.

Disabling it works.

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what happened? Have you fixed the problem?  what was done to correct it.


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I thought I would explain why I split the points.  Disabling definately has an impact, however I had not disabled ALL of the password policies.  I had left the age limit with default settings.  Once I disabled ALL of the password policies it worked perfectly.  I f I desire (not that I would) I can set a single letter password.

Thanks for your help guys.  I have been using this service for almost a year now and continue to be VERY pleased.

Roy Brotherhood

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by:George Coles
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rbrother, I am having the same problem you had.  How did you disable ALL of the password policies?  I am looking at them now and you can only disable "Password must meet complexity requirments" and "Store passwords using reversible encryption"

Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks

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You have to open each policy and click a check to activate and then set the policy to dissable.  You also have to be logged on as administrator with user rights to allow you to change policies.

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