Fine Grained Password Policy -- Account Lockout not working?

Fine Grained Password Policy -- is not locking out failed login attempts.  

These are the setting.  My understanding, not setting -- is like infinite duration and infinite observation?  Policy applied to Group -- which contains user.  Other policy settings work -- such as length, and complexity.  The resultant policy command shows it is applied.  It never locks the account?  Why?

msDS-lockout duration : None
msDS-LockoutObservation: None
msDS-LockThreshold:  4
apsutechteamAsked:
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MaheshArchitectCommented:
when lockout duration and observation window is set to none, how lockout threshold will lock user account, it never with this config

put some value to both parameters and check, it will work
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apsutechteamAuthor Commented:
Setting are mandated by Security officer -- should I not be able to leave unset -- and then not reset lockout counter reset -- and no automatic unlock -- these are required settings.
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MaheshArchitectCommented:
OK
Put both settings to "(never)" without quotes and it will work
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apsutechteamAuthor Commented:
Change None to Never -- it defaults to None?
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MaheshArchitectCommented:
No, "never" will lock account permanently until administrator unlock it which is your requirement
"None" will never lock account as far as I know
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apsutechteamAuthor Commented:
The Threshold is '4' -- so it locks after 4 fails - right?  The lockout Observation and Duration are None -- not set -- which should mean they never reset -- count goes forever and Admin has to unlock -- which is what I want?
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MaheshArchitectCommented:
That's correct

Only set other two options to (never)

It should be within brackets as shown above and then it will lock until administrator unlock account
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apsutechteamAuthor Commented:
Are you sure it is  not supposed to be None?  I can't find setting it to Never in documentation? Do you have a reference?  Default was None -- essentially not set ...?
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MaheshArchitectCommented:
if you have 2012 / 2012 r2 member server, install Active Directory Admin Center and try to configure FGPP there with GUI
There you will find option to configure account lockout until admin unlock it, select that option and forget everything
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/reference_point/2013/04/12/fine-grained-password-policies-gui-in-windows-server-2012-adac/
http://www.tech-coffee.net/fine-grained-password-policy-active-directory/
For cross checking about what I am saying, Then check values of password policy within attribute editor, it will show you as "(Never)"
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Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
I would put a reasonable value, like 15min for msDS-LockoutObservation. msDS-LockoutObservation and msDS-LockThreshold work together to determine when to lockout an account.

PS: msDS-LockThreshold of 4 is very low in my opinion
https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/29305/Active-Directory-Locked-Account-Investigation-Process.html
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MaheshArchitectCommented:
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