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You MUST change your password...or NOT

By IT cowgirl ·
Our Security Team has implemented a minimum 15 character password for admin accounts. When trying to change my Admin password I received the following error: "WINDOWS PASSWOR Your password has expired, you must change it. Your user account is configured in a way that doesn't let you change your password."

???
This is the first time I have seen this one. I suspect a GPO was set somewhere in AD that you could not change your password again after a certain amount of time...
Has anyone seen this before?

I must admit this is the funniest Windows error I have ever seen yet.

What is the most nonsensical error you have error received from a computer?

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yeah this is easy

by Deadly Ernest In reply to You MUST change your pass ...

In the policies section you can set, password life span, password length, password complexity, and a few other related aspects. In the Group and User Administration section you can tag a setting 'User Unable to Change Password' this is to allow you stopping the account from being hijacked. I do this on a lot of remote access systems where I have read access for users etc. It also has a setting to disable or block the user account.

So set password life span, and tag 'user unable to Change Password' - when the current life span expires, you get the above. I've seen this happen at work with a lazy Admin doing settings.

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aha!

by IT cowgirl In reply to yeah this is easy

Seemed like it was something similar. Since I moved to networking I no longer have access to see these settings. Another duh moment for the admins...
Thanks!

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