Windows 2008 Server / SBS 2011 Password Requirement

Posted on 2011-04-28
Last Modified: 2012-06-21

 I experienced that during SBS 2011 installation, I had to come up with min. 8 digit/char password with one capital letter.
 I just noticed that during Windows 2008 Std installation, it did not have 8 digit/char requirement, but it asked me for one capital letter.

 In windows 2003, I don't remember  having any requirements for password creation.

 Is this requirment (8 digit/chars w/ one capital) a must or can be changed thru some type of policy?
If I can change the policy, I like to just use existing account user names and passwords from Window 2003 server environment.
Question by:sglee
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    by:Larry Struckmeyer MVP
    Tempting though it is to lecture on the advisibilty of strong pass phrases, I shall desist from the temptation and say only that should you choose to allow weak passwords and subject yourself to attacks from the internet and from janitors and such, the policies for passwords are set via GPO at the domain level, and you can change them.
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    Hi sglee

    The place your looking for to change this is:
    Group Policy Management
    Edit - Default Domain Policy
    Expand - Computer Configuration, Policies, Windows Settings, Security Settings, Account Policies
    Click - Password Policy

    You can change all the options in here, this is the option that forces the Capital Letter:
    Password must meet complexity requirements.

    Brett Smith
    One IT - IT Specialists

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