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GPO "Small Business Server Domain Password Policy" not applying

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I have a SBS 2003 and Terminal Server running Win Svr 2003 and having issues with the above GPO.

I have removed Authenticated Users from Security Filtering and added Security Group "TST GPO Password Policy" where I have a User in this group.

When I log on with User to the TS that is in this SG, and run gpupdate /force and then a gpresult the GPO is showing as:
Small Business Server Domain Password Policy
    Filtering:  Not Applied (Empty)

The User is apart of the SG, the GPO is enabled and applied to root of domain and all inheritance is not blocked.

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Additional info I have found out, but still no solid answer:
1. You can only have ONE Password Policy in 2003
2. Password Policy GPO settings are Computer, but my SG created only contains User objects


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Is it possible to have a password policy which is applied to a subset of users?
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There should be only one password policy for the entire domain.
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Krzysztof Pytko earned 400 total points
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In Windows 2003 you cannot have more that 1 password policy. It is set in "Default Domain Policy" in Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Account Policies -> Password Policy node and affects each user in a domain (even if it's computer node policy!). If you want to have more than 1 password policy you need to create sub-domains with their own password policies (but it's difficult to manage) or use SBS2008 there are granular password policies available.

So, domain password policy is unique in a domain and it doesn't matter if you created additional (more restrict) password policies and linked them to OU. The will not take effect at all.
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by:Flipp
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I would like to test only pushing out Password Policy to a group of users - how would I do this?
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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in 2003 it is not possible at all, sorry. To be able manage this way, you need 2008 (SBS or normal edition)
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by:Flipp
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Then why does SBS 2003 add a GPO called 'Small Business Server Domain Password Policy' if you can not use it at all?

I am hearing that the only way to set a PP in SBS 2003 is using the Default Domain Policy.
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