Why password change failed with the new 2k12 AD domain?

This is a newly-setup MS Windows 2012 R2 AD domain. The newly-setup DC is VMware 5.5 machine. The are a couples of VMs created. However, I found one thing quite strange. Whenever user ctrl-alt-delete in their workstation, and then choose option > password change, they failed have their password change. If changing password on the DC > ad users and computer MMC is working fine. Why? What should I do to make it work?

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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
how does it fail?  any errors?
MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Hi Seth,

The error message:
Unable to update the password. The value provided for new password does not meet the length, complexity, or history requirement of the domain.
MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
I saw some articles mentioned have to make the necessary changed on "default domain controller policy". But I tried it, also failed.
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MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Both the default domain policy and default domain controller policy were set in group policy management (GPM). However, in administrative tools, found this - active directory administrative center. So, I opened it, and on the left pane, found "new password policy" with setting on the center pane.

This is what I did:

    - untick remember password history - 24
    - on the blank, add "domain users" and "domain computers"; click apply & OK

Later, I manage to change the logged user password without any restrictions.

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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
there you go; answered your own question
MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
It works
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