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How can I disable the complex password requirements in Server 2008?

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I am new to Server 2008 but I have administered many servers.  I am trying to change the complex password requrement for the domain and users policy and it is grayed out.  I am logged in on the server as a user with administrative security but it is still grayed out and not available.
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by:brent_caskey
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You can push out a GPO or change the local computer security policy in the following location:
Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Account Policies\Password Policy
Setting: Password must meet complexity requirements


This article gives more step-by-step information: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc264456.aspx
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You may need to change the setting on an existing GPO like the Default Domain Controller Policy or Default Domain Policy.

You can run RSOP.msc to see which GPO is applying the setting.
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I have tried to do it in the computer configuration adn Password policies and this is where the option I want to check or uncheck is grayed out.  Under the GPO I have looked at the policies and are seeing nothing related to passwords, just permissions.
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I believe that you are going through gpedit.msc to try to change this setting. On a windows 2008 domain controller (2000/2003 as well, I believe) the password options will be grayed out.

So, to change this setting, you have to do the following:

1. gpmc.msc (or administrative tools > Group Policy Management)

2. In the GPMC, expand out the domain and then go to Group Policy Objects

3. Right Click the Default Domain Policy and select Edit.

4. Go to Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Account Policies\Password Policy and modify the Setting: Password must meet complexity requirements

5. On the server, from the command line, run gpudate /force

You may need to restart the server to have the policy take affect.


Let me know if you need anything else.
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That was it! Thanks!
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If that worked, accept comment ID 22835501 as the correct solution.

Thanks!
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Thanks!
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by:duzbin
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Hi, When I try this, it doesnt save the changes it gives me an error - any ideas?
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by:stevejenner100
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worked great thanks
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@duzbin you may need to check what you are running, its "gpupdate /force"not "gpudate /force", if that's not it where does it give you the error?
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