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Complex Passwords

I am trying to enforce complex passwords in native AD environment with Windows 2003 servers.  

I cannot get this to work.  I cannot seem to get it to enforce even the simplest thing, 8 characters. I have gone into the group policy for the domain and then added a policy called complex password policy.  I went into the machine settings and I changed the settings for the password policy in security, and then moved the new policy up above the default group poicy for the domain.  I have checked the OU's and made sure the GPO for those are set to "not defined" and still it does not enforce the perameters when I tell it to change a users password?

Do you have any suggestions.
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Reginald Meyer
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi ReginaldSMeyer,

what policies did you hit?

if you run a gpresult on the server, can you see your policy being applied?
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Reginald MeyerAuthor Commented:
I created a GPO Called complexpassword policy under the properties of the domain.  This is what I got when I ran the gpresult.

COMPUTER SETTINGS
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    CN=DC2,OU=Domain Controllers,DC=candyusa,DC=org
    Last time Group Policy was applied: 5/11/2006 at 7:48:21 AM
    Group Policy was applied from:      dc2.candyusa.org
    Group Policy slow link threshold:   500 kbps
    Domain Name:                        CANDYUSA
    Domain Type:                        Windows 2000

    Applied Group Policy Objects
    -----------------------------
        ComplexPasswordPolicy
        Default Domain Controllers Policy
        Default Domain Policy

    The following GPOs were not applied because they were filtered out
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
        Local Group Policy
            Filtering:  Not Applied (Empty)
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Reginald MeyerAuthor Commented:
I just got it to work!  I guess it needed more time to filter or I changed the OU's accordingly.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
yah i was gonna suggest a gpupdate /force but it appears you win :)
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