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How to configure specific password policy for a single OU

Posted on 2013-06-12
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Hello -

We are running in a mixed mode active directory environment (2003 and 2008 R2 servers).  We have about 20 service account located within 1 OU that we'd like to have a different minimum password age than the rest of the default group policy.  Is there a way to do this?  I'm getting a ton of conflicting info on this topic.  My thought was to block policy inheritance,  somehow get our default settings reapplied to this OU, and then change the one setting i need.

Is there a way?

thanks

-Josh
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No way to do this via group policy.  Using a GPO there is one PW policy linked at the domain.  When you are at 2008 domain functional level you can implement fine grained password policies

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770842(v=ws.10).aspx

That will allow you to create different policies for users/groups.  FGPP was developed to tackle problems just like yours.

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Mike
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You can't - you can only have one password policy per domain. - however you can use a fine-grained password policy (assuming you have server 2008), to apply a different policy to a security group

http://akrameleyan.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/why-and-how-to-use-fine-grained-password-policies/
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thanks guys, that is what i thought but was hoping you had a magic answer i had missed.  i'll have to wait until i get to a true 2008 environment.
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There are also third party tools like specops that can help in your 2003 domain  I'd save the cash until you get to 2008

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Mike
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