Is there a password policy on SBS 2011 to require users to change at least 3 characters of their previous password?

Posted on 2014-07-15
Last Modified: 2014-07-15
Password complexity is enabled.
Password Age:  60-days
History:  Last 4 passwords cannot be used.
Length:  At least 8 characters.

An audit requirement is to force the users to change at least 3 characters of their previous password.
In other words, the user cannot use: Password1, Password2, Password3, etc.  They would need to change at least 3 of the characters - example:  "P@33w0rd2"
Question by:BradJW
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    by:Rob Williams
    No you would need a 3rd party add-on of sort to accomplish that.
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    To add:
    A couple of examples of add  on tools that add more granular control of password policies:
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    Right, Microsoft has failed to incorporate this. MS has only advised people to write and use their own password filter DLLs. and fit in here as they provide insight on that DLL.

    However I recommend using a 3rd party product: Anixis ' password policy enforcer - it can do nearly everything you can imagine
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    Thanks.  I'll look into all the 3rd party options suggested.
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    Be assured that Anixis' product is super easy and as far as I can see, even flawless. Never have I used a software that was so intuitive and created no trouble at all. Also make sure to get a good dictionary word list for it to use (ours is 300 MB ;-) )

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