Cannot disable password complexity requirements in Windows Server 2003
Posted on 2004-04-02
I've successfully installed Windows Server 2003 as a Domain Controller, App Server, and DNS server (single machine). When I tried to create the first user account (me), the password I was using was not complex enough. I went in to the Default Domain Policy and edited the Computer Configuration Security Settings. I set all of the password information to "Not Defined" or "Disabled" and saw no change in the ability to use a less that secure password. I also set minimal requirements on the password restrictions and that didn't work. The only way I was able to enter a simple password was to disable the Computer Configuration piece of the Policy. Am I missing something here? Is there a registry setting overriding the policy? Was it an update patch I've installed...or not installed?