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Changing password prompt

Although we are using a group policy to define password restrictions in AD, we have some application servers that are more strict such as requiring the password to be less than 10 characters.  Is it possible to implement our own set of password rules as follows:

Between 6 and 10 characters
Must contain at least 1 upper case character, at least 1 lower case character and a number
Must not start with a number.

At a minimum I would like to change the prompt when it is time to change the password, stating these restrictions.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi rkanter,

whilst 2003 server certainly offers a higher password policy security than previous releases there are still limits to it - what you see in the policy editor is what you get
http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/Library/041728b4-5ed9-44a8-99fe-c050333d42451033.mspx

you may be able to find a 3rd party app but be careful when implementing these as you dont want conflicting policies that may end up leaving you in a trap

Cheers!
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Steve KnightIT ConsultancyCommented:
In addition to above, don't forget that you can only have one password policy per domain so if you are trying to set different policy for specific servers on the same domain, you can't.... though you could set different local policies for local accounts on them.

Steve
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rkanterAuthor Commented:
I am actually okay leaving the existing password, but is the any way to change either the prompt that asks them to change the password or the dialog box when they type in a password that doesn't match the policy.  It is not ideal, but it would help a lot.
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
Sure...  You can use Group Policy to define a message to your users when they logon...

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310430

How to configure Windows Server 2003 to display a message when users log on
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Fatal_ExceptionCommented:
BTW:  we create custom messages all the time for our users...  works very nicely!
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rkanterAuthor Commented:
I am actually looking for a custom message when it is time to change the password, not just when they log on
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
you cant edit the default windows password message that i know of which is why i was thinking 3rd party app if there is one
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oBdACommented:
Check out Anixis' Password Policy Enforcer, it allows you to do what you're requiring:
Password Policy Enforcer: Features
http://www.anixis.com/products/ppe/features.htm
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