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Group policy so that passwords may not contain any simple pattern of letters or numbers such as "qwertyxx" or "xyz123xx"

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Please provide me with the steps on how to create a group policy so that account passwords may not contain any simple pattern of letters or numbers such as "qwertyxx" or "xyz123xx."
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by:Dustin Saunders
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In 2012 you can use Fine Grained Passwords to do this.

Open ADAC from your DC and create a new password policy, then the group it applies to (e.g. Domain Users).

Here's a step by step:
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/canitpro/2013/05/29/step-by-step-enabling-and-using-fine-grained-password-policies-in-ad/
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Not going to be possible with Windows server "out of the box", however third party products exist that can do this. Here are a couple:

http://anixis.com/products/ppe/
http://nfrontsecurity.com/products/nfront-password-filter/
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by:McKnife
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+1 for Anixis PPE.
It is also correct, what Malmensa says: not possible with built-in GPOs or fine grained password policies.
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by:Dustin Saunders
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The other experts are correct about FGP, I misread and thought you only wanted to prevent passwords that consist of lowercase strings exclusively.
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