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AD User Accounts, Passwords, OA/OWA and SharePoint

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We're beginning to plan enforced, periodic password changes via Group Policies on a 2003 Domain, for example, change ever 90 days, enforce strong passwords, etc.  I noticed the Policy is located in the Computer group -- not the User group.

We have local users in the office as well as a number of remote users who use Outlook Anywhere (with Outlook), Outlook Web Access (via Browser) and SharePoint while some have Computers listed in AD and others have their own laptop that are not apart of the domain.  They do not VPN into our network.

When it gets close to 90 days, I know local users will be prompted via Windows login to change their passwords and even get advanced warnings.  Will the same happen for OA/OWA and SharePoint users using Outlook and/or Internet Explorer -- on Workgroup and Domain Computers?  SharePoint is configured to use their AD accounts for authentication.
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by:Justin Owens
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What versions of Exchange and SharePoint are you using?
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Exchange 2003 and SharePoint 2010
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OWA 2003 will tell you the password is expired and give IIS option to change it then or earlier (through options).  It does not do advanced notification on its own.

I have been unable to find any evidence that SharePoint has this functionality natively, but it can be programmed in via a .NET page on your Site.
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by:Wade_Chestnut
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Well, since Password Policies are in the Computer side of the Group Policies, how can a remote user who has their own laptop in Workgroup mode be forced to change their password?  The Computer policy would not be pushed down to their laptop, right?
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by:Justin Owens
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The reason it is a computer setting is because it is applied on the Domain Controller computer.  Because it is applied to THAT computer, all users on that computer (hence all AD users) are affected.  I know it seems like reverse logic in comparison to how most GPO works, but in this case, that is just how MS does it.
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