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I have inherited an AD domain and I'm currently trying to figure out what was setup  ( pretty much EVERY security and Best practices violation exists here!!)  Currently I'm trying to find which GPO  (there are 20) has the setting for password complexity.  I should be able to find it but I haven't found a GPO with this setting turned on. It's really odd.  I'm probably just missing it somewhere,  but there should be a way to search all the GPO's in the domain for this setting ( assuming it wasn't done at the local machine level!!)are there any good tools (I'd prefer NOT to use powershell if I can)

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by:helpfinder
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in GPO management console you can check each GPO for settings they affecting (in the right pane under Settinfs tab)
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by:Joseph Moody
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You can search your domain in the GPMC.  Under domains, you will see your domain name. Right click on it and select search.
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by:helpfinder
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or try Search option in GPO management with search criteria like this

gpo_search
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by:Mike Kline
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Also take an RSoP report for a computer/user in the domain and it should tell you where the setting is being applied from.

Password settings are special as they have to be linked at the domain level.  

Thanks

Mike
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Thanks,  I've done that,  odd thing is that I get results but none of them have any password complexity rules turned on, yet my domain requires it!
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by:helpfinder
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on the computer you assume that GPO is applied check local GPO for such a settings
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Sorry for the delay getting back.  I've searched in the group policy editor,  I've searched local policies,  I've tried GPRESULT /z .... and nowhere can I so far find any settings that suggest Password complexity is turned on,  but each time I try to change passwords,  I get that familiar password complexity error ( If I don't use a password that complies)  I've never seen anything like this before!  any further ideas?
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Try the powershell script in the second part of this page:

http://deployhappiness.com/searching-gpos-for-that-specific-setting/
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