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Domain password policy .vs. Active Directory user profile account "password never expires"

Posted on 2011-09-06
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I have some concerns regarding modification to an existing GPO policy that retains the settings for passwords. I will be modifiing the policy to enforce stronger complexity requirements. this is only policy driving password restrictions as im sure there can only be one at the domain level.

 My question is: "Password Never Expires" is checked off for every user account, will the GPO setting override Password Never Expires in the user account forcing the user to change thier password or even possibly locking out the accounts? I am in a Windows 2008 AD. My current policy will be overwritten by the new settings and most my users don't meet the complexity that I will be implementing.
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If the users have password never expire checked then they can basically use their current password forever.  If you modify the complexity setting then the next time they have to set their password they will need to use a complex password.

By the way in a windows 2008 domain (2008 domain functional level) you can use fine grained passwords to have different passwords for different users/groups   http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770842(WS.10).aspx

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Mike
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As mkline said it will only require them to make a more complex password the next time they change it.  But remember if "Password Never Expires" they are not required to change it so they could leave it the same forever.  Editing the GP shouldn't lock the accounts out or cause any effects of that nature.

You could simply remove password never expires from all users, expire all passwords and force them to change the passwords.
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Mike...perfect just what i wanted to hear. I was almost certain what you stated was correct before i even posted but just needed that verification before I throw the switch on...Thank you guys very much for your prompt reponse.

Jake,

Yes at the moment everbody dose have the password never expires checked off but that is why i'm taking care of this task to remove what's currently in place and not cause chaos for all my end users.
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