Asigning an Administrator password for Windows Server 2008

I have downloaded the Standard version of Windows Server 2008, burned the iso to a disk and am now trying to install this on a server so we can validate that some Windows Server 2003 software still works.  But I'm blocked at the screen that says "The users password must be changed before logging on for  the first time."   No matter what password I enter I get the error "Unable to update the password.  The value provided for the new password does not meet the length, complexity, or history requirements of the domain."

I don't have any domains set up.  I just have this one server that will be connect to a couple of clients.

Could someone tell me how to just enter a password that works so I can get on with the testing?


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can you try going to safe mode , use user name - administrator and dont enter any password, and hit enter and change it VIA local users and groups.

stevaAuthor Commented:
I don't think there is any safe mode yet.  I'm only a few minutes into the Windows 2008 Server installation procedure from the installation DVD when this prompt to change the password comes up. There's nothing to boot up yet in safe mode.
PberSolutions ArchitectCommented:
I've never seen this problem

have you tried upper/lower/special/number?



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stevaAuthor Commented:
p@ssw0rd worked!  early237 and early237gigex8 did not. Apparently it has to contain a special character.   It would be nice if they documented the password rules somewhere before requiring you to pick one.

PberSolutions ArchitectCommented:
Glad to help.  
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