Windows Server 2012R2 Essentials - changing complexity for passwords

What's the 'right' way to change complexity settings for passwords for users of the domain?  Googling, I found:

this says to use local security policy, not group policy
http://www.win2012workstation.com/password-restrictions/

this says use group policy:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/6829.password-policy.aspx

does the answer matter for users of the server or users in the domain?  aren't ALL users of the server actually domain users (admins?)
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Group policy is the way to go.

It would matter for whichever users you choose to apply the group policy too.  A group policy can be applied to as many or as few users as you'd like.
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David AtkinTechnical DirectorCommented:
The password policy in Server 2012 Essentials is configured via Group Policy.

If you're thinking about re-configuring then the correct procedure would be to do this via the Windows Server Esseentials Dashboard > Users Tab > Click 'Set the password policy' in the User Tasks on the right hand side.

In the background it will change the settings in the Default Domain Policy.

Note:
This will change the policy for all users.
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
thanks guys... maybe not when I do it through users tab as david mentions, but is there a rule of thumb when you change GP and have to reboot? the server?  desktops?  or run a command on the server? desktop?  something like gpupdate /force?  Is that it?  I remember the command... just don't know when to use it : )
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