Default Password Policy not working


Ive got a Windows Domain with Windows 2012 servers and a mixture of W10 and W7 clients. My pasword policy is set and I can see its making its way to the clients by running rsop.msc

How ever its not working. As a test I put the password policy Maximum Password Age to 2 days and set that on Friday afternoon. Staff have come in today after the weekend they are not being forced to change their passwords despite the policy stating 2 days for password age.

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
maximum password age will only apply AFTER the user changes their password

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Sai Kiran SakarayPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Set he password policy to 90 days or as per your requirement.
As David said, when you create user you need to set "User Must change his password during Next Logon". Once user changes password the timestamp records and policy will apply.

can you test that ?
SycamoreITAuthor Commented:
How do i force a password change domain wide? Or do you just ask everyone to do a password change via a ctrl+alt+delete?
you can script the change, you do not need to actually force the user's to change, the policy will kick in as long as the user accounts do not have "password never expires" set.

you should stagger this, but only forcing/changing the settings on a few users at a time to avoid having your technical support being inundated with calls because the users become alarmed and the other main issue is that the password security/complexity  settings. upper case, lower case, numeric and one special characters will likely not be met by users trying to set their password.

An education, potentially going through with each individual, and having them hit ctrl-alt-del to change their password......

Changes such as this that apply to all, after years without this policy,.....

scripting vbscript, powershell, dsquery/dset can be used to alter some AD use settings/flags.....

since you already set the policy, my suggestion would have been to poll the age of passwords with the oldest.
then add 14 days and use that as the age of password, this way it gives those users fourteen days to set a password, then repeat for the next group, until all passwords are renewed.

The following may help in setting the password expiration date, make sure to stagger 5-10 users first to see whether they will run into the concern above..
SycamoreITAuthor Commented:
Perfect - thanks
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