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Hi There!

I have a 2008 Domain Controller Freshly Promo'd in a LAB Environment. Single DC, Single server.

I am trying to change the password complexity and I found countless documents explaining the process.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc264456.aspx   as an example.

I used this policy and disabled the complexity and length requirements and did a gpupdate /force but new users created in the ADUC Applet, still gave an error. After MUCH mucking around I found changing the settings in gpedit.msc fixed my issue.. How can that possibly be?

What am I doing wrong?
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by:ScooterAnderson
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GPEdit.msc is just the Group Policy Editor...

The Password Complexity Requirements are in the Default Domain Policy -
ComputerConfig:Policies:WindowsSettings:SecuritySettings:AccountPolicy:PasswordPolicy

After changing settings there, you'll have to go to a DOS prompt and issue:  gpupdate /force  and let your server pick up the changes to the Domain Policy, or reboot it.
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Also, if it's still available on your system (although shouldn't be on a DC), see if Local Security Policy is still available on your system & check policy there.

Another option is to run RSOP.msc on your server, which will parse through GP's to be applied to your system and give the Resultant Set of Policies that is applied to your server/user session.  It will also identify what GP is applying any configured policies so you know where to change policies, if need be.
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http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn62/networkn/gpo1.jpg

this is where I changed the policy and did a gpupdate /force, however this didn't work, and the only way I could get the password complexity to work was to run gpedit.msc and change it there and run gpupdate /force
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Problem was solved by reinstalling Active Directory.
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