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Hi Experts,

We encounter a strange issue on a SBS 2008 server. The password policy settings are all configured to disable the complexity, expiration or history. We can create a new user in dsa.msc or SBS control panel on the server but it is impossible on the client computers. An error about complexity or history appears, even if we set a complex password.
We tried to activate the complexity, it was successfully applied on the client computer (checked in gpedit.msc), but the result is the same...

We absolutely need to be able to create new local users on the client computers to install a software successfully.

Any idea ?
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by:hsclater
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If you set a password policy correctly, it will apply to your computers and you will be able to set it however you want. I suspect you are not applying the policy correctly. The setting is a computer setting, so either apply in the default domain policy (or better, create a new policy at the same level at the root of the domain), or apply a policy to an OU containing your computers. It will do nothing to users accounts.

As you can see the password policy is a computer configuration:
Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Security Settings/Account Policies/Password Policy
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by:jet-info
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Edit:
I tried on another computer and it works normally. The problem is only on one specific computer.
On this computer when I launch gpedit.msc I receive this error:

Resource '$(string.VerMgmtAuditModeEnable)' referenced in attribute displayName could not be found. File C:\windows\PolicyDefinitions\inetres.admx, line 1495, column 249

I installed the .msi from here (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=6243) in C:\Windows with no amelioration.

Is there any registry key to edit to fix this problem?

Any idea?

Thanks.
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Hi there

So let me confirm, you have an SBS 2008 server, you can use ADUC on there or the SBS console with no issues, and have set a password policy to disable the complexity, expiration or history. This policy is applied to all of your PCs apart from one with no issues. So it seems to be local PC issue.

NB: it is not a good idea to disable all these password requirements, you are significantly reducing your security by doing this. I would seriously challenge this requirement.

Some questions:
- What version of Windows 7 is on the PC?
- Is it joined to the domain?
- Why do you need to create local user accounts? Most applications should work fine with a domain user account. The application would certainly have no place in an Enterprise if it required so much manual management. Confirm this with the vendor and again challenge them.

Regardless, you should not have the gpedit.msc error. inetres.admx is for Internet Explorer policies, run the following at an admin cmd prompt:

sfc /scannow

Then review the log, if there is anything wrong with your ADMX files it should fix it.
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by:jet-info
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OK, the problem was because of HP protect tools installed on the computer... Thank you HP !

I installed all HP related products and it finally worked like a charm.
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Thanks for your help and your time !
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Yes HP Protect Tools is horrible. All of the HP crapware is awful, and takes time to remove.

I always blow away the OEM image and reinstall using a clean image with the latest updates integrated. See mydigitallife for tools to do that yourself.
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