WINDOWS SERVER 2008 PASSWORD COMPLEXITY

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I am trying to remove password complexity in Windows Server 2008. When I go to Local Security Policy/ Account Polices/ Password Policy/ Password must meet password complexity requirements and right click "properties" the enable and disable radio buttons are greyed out.  I think this must be due to the fact I have an active directory.  Any suggestions how to disable password complexity?
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Commented:
You will need to edit the default domain policy. You can use Group Policy Management console to edit the policy.

This link is for 2003 but can still be used for reference in 2008

http://www.petri.co.il/disable_password_requirement_in_win2003_domain.htm
Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory Engineer
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Yes, if you use domain environment password requirements are set up in GPO. Global password settings are located in "Default Domain Policy". Rest of usable information KenMcF posted.

Of course you can consider Fine-Grained Password using 2008 and you don't have to disable password complexity for all domain.
Check this (it's new Server 2008 feature)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770842%28WS.10%29.aspx

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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.

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