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Windows Server 2003 Domain Password Policy Override

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I have a client with a Windows 2003 Server AD domain with a fairly basic password policy.  The client has been instructed to enforce a series of password rules on a single workstation that will soon contain sensitive data.  I tried to configure the local password policy on the workstation but, as I suspected, the policy was locked and overridden by the domain wide policy.  Is there any way to enforce a separate set of rules on a single workstation without removing it from the domain?
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If it contains senstive data its best not to be on the domain if thats whats they are worried about. But then you will have to create user names and passwords for each person that needs access.   If you log on with a domain password they will use the AD rights.

If its on the domain, make sure no one that is allow to see the data is the local admin group.  Use user security permissions on the folder that has the data.   You can also create a domain group and give them logon locally rights and remove everyone from the rights.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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in short no....domain policies over ride workstations no matter what
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by:tigs81
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create a separate OU for this PC and assign appropriate policy setting to it, and add the single pc into the OU.
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you cannot have multiple password policies in the domain, assignment at the root is the only way. The only thing assigning a password policy on an OU does is effect the local machine accounts. it doesnt not effect the domain user
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by:mcse2007
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Try this, create an OU and move this particular computer object inside this OU,
create a security group and add this particular computer as member of this security group
from the properties of GPO password policy, add this security group, and select DENY read and DENY apply policy object.

Reboot this computer and see if you can configure its local machine password policy?
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AD Basics 101 for password policies shall we

1. There can be one Domain Password Policy per domain. This is going to change with 2008 server but until then, there is one domain wide password

2.. a password policy will apply no matter what, including those security filtering settings as far as i am aware - may be wrong but am fairly certain it applies to everyone no matter what. Even with security filtering, you dont need to create a new OU as this is done on a group basis and OU location doesnt play any part in it

3. If you apply a password policy to an OU it will effect only the machines within that OU and ONLY on the local accounts, everything else is overridden by the domain password
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by:mcse2007
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Don't forget to enable "block inheritance " policy in OU that you just created.

One of us maybe correct here but there is nothing wrong testing it though.

Remember: Password policy applies to Computer level.
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Thanks to all for the replies.  I'll discuss these possible solutions with the client next week and follow up here.
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Thanks for the suggestion.
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Thanks to all who posted suggestions.  The client liked the accepted solution best so we didn't take the time to test any of the others.
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