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By neraks ·
I setup my users on my new DC that has Active Directory. The users were entered with a utility called NTMUM 2.5. I created the users without passwords. Now no user can log into the system and I cannot change the passwords. I get a message saying "Windows cannot complete the password change because the password does not meet the password policy requirements. Check the minimum password length, complexity and history requirements."
I had set a password policy in Group Policies but then deleted it and I still can't logon any users or change passwords.
Thanks for your help.

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by curiousjp In reply to Changing passwords

It sounds as if you still have a password policy in place on either an OU or your Domain. Let's focus on removing the policy for now and then you can address the policy and its' settings later.

Find out how many policies you have.

Open up MMC,and add the "Group policy" add-in.

Once you select the group policy add-in and select "add" you will be presented with a box to select which policy you want to review. Select the "browse" button and then select the tab "All".

This will allow you to look at all of your policies.

TIP: you can add each of your policies into the MMC from this window so that you can check them all at once.

Select "OK" and then "finish" to add each policy.

Once you have your policies within the console, maximize the MMC window, expand a policy, then expand "Computer Configuration", expand "Security Settings", expand "Account policies", highlight "Password Policies" to see your settings in the right pane.

To turn your password policy off, make sure your Password Policies are set to "Not Defined".

Write down which policy it is you modify for future reference.

There is another way to manipulate your policies with group and user permissions, but this can be a cumbersome task. The aforementioned steps will also expose you to all of your policies and also identify ones that may not be needed.

Good Luck.

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by neraks In reply to Changing passwords

I know how to set the policy but not what the default policy consisits of.
Thanks

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by maxwell edison In reply to Changing passwords

Take a look at Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - Q151082 titled, "HOWTO: Password Change Filtering & Notification in Windows NT".

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q151082&

and Q161990, "How to Enable Strong Password Functionality in Windows NT". (Applies to w2k as well.)

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q161990&

REMOVE SPACES from the pasted URL.

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by neraks In reply to Changing passwords

The Q161990 article had exactly the info I needed. Thanks

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