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1st time setting up AD

Be forewarned, this is my 1st time setting up Active Directory.

That being said, I installed Server 2003, did MS updates, and so on.
I installed AD. I went to add myself as a user, it said my password wasn't complex/long enough. I found in the policy editor where you change the requirements, and turned everything off, so in theory there are no requirements. I did a manual force policy update.

I went back to add myself, same thing. I rebooted the server, same thing. What am I missing?

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LauraEHunterMVPCommented:
Where exactly did you change the password policy requirements?  If you have not followed the attached steps, you may not have actually disabled the password complexity requirements for your domain: http://www.petri.co.il/disable_password_requirement_in_win2003_domain.htm
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KCTSCommented:
Where did you change the policy?
To change it for the domain you need to change the policy in the default domain policy - in the admin tools

To change it on the local machine (if not a domain controller) you need to do it in the Local Policy (again in admin tools)


If you can't see admin tools go to them via the control panel.

use GUPDATE /force to apply the policy and then try again
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KCTSCommented:
Opps - sorry Laura I'm too slow again ;-)  ... and I misspelt GPUPDATE !


Enforce Password History: (Default 24) - Stops you using the same password each time by remembering previous passwords you have used.

Maximum Password Age: (Default 42) - Forces users to make up a new password at the specified interval - 0 = never expires (unless the account is marked "Password does not expire")

Minimum Password Age: (Default 0) - Passwords must be at least this age before they can be changed (stops user changing passwords too often)

Minimum Password Length (Default 8) - Passwords must have at least this number of characters

Password Must Meet Complexity Requirements: (Default Enabled) : in enabled Passwords must contain:-
At least one letter A-Z
At least one letter a-z
At least one number 0 - 9
At least one character that is neither a letter or a number


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