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Setting password policies via GPO or SBS standard console?

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I am about to enforce password policies at my company but after testing I realize my GPO while active is not being used.  It seems that the policy set in the SBS 2011 Standard Console for password policies is being used.  My question is:  In SBS2011 should I be using the console to do password policies or can I use GPO's?  If so, which default GPO will make changes to the password policies.  I was modifying the 'Default GPO' but I guess that is not it.
When I do a 'Net Account' on the DC it shows me the current password policy set in the Standard Console and not my GPO's.

I appreciate the advice.
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by:zackmccracken
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change the domain policy since this should effect all machines and users within your domain
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by:ChicagoTransplant
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I was modifying the 'Default Domain Policy' linked directly to the domain.  I do not see any other policy linked directly to the domain that has anything to do with password policies.  I am trying to figure out if SBS has something else built into it to manage the password policies that is overiding GPO's.
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by:Sushil Sonawane
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You cab modify default domain policy to manage the password policy.

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If you want to change the password policy through SBS console then refer below link:

http://www.vestalsgap.com/tips/small-business-server-2011
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Rob Williams earned 334 total points
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With SBS ALWAYS use the SBS wizards and tools.  To do so go to SBS management console | Users & Groups | Users | on the right - change password policies.
Manually editing SBS related features can result in competing policies.
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by:ChicagoTransplant
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Ok, that's fine, I will disable the 'Default Local Policy' and just use the SBS wizard.  If I am now using the Wizard, how do I change the 'Minimum Password Age days' and how many passwords SBS2011 remembers? I am looking for a little control over this like you get with GPO's...
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by:Sushil Sonawane
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don't disable to the default domain local policy you make changes through SBS it's automatically change in policy.
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by:ChicagoTransplant
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They do not match up -- the default domain and my current settings are different.
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by:Sushil Sonawane
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Microsoft recommended default domain policy has to enable state not a disable state. You can achieve this creating new policy also or SBS console base.
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by:ChicagoTransplant
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Ok, but if I am going through SBS console, how do I make changes to other parts of the password policy like minimum age and the amount of passwords it remembers?
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The SBS console will edit the existing "default domain policy".  Use it to set the initial configuration which will allow you to set the minimum # of characters and enforce password complexity, and then if you wish, you can edit the policy itself to change from the default # of remembered passwords and numbers of days before having to change the password.
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