Change Windows 2008 Server Password Complexity Requirements

Ever get the following message when setting up passwords in Windows 2008 R2 Server?:

Unable to update the password. The value provided for the new password does not meet the length, complexity, or history requirements of the domain

You like your passwords to be what YOU set them as. Right? You don’t like to have to add ’123′ to your cat’s name or ‘@&%’ to your favourite sports team’s name. So why let yourself be forced to use these complex passwords on your Windows Server? It’s probably running in a disconnected environment free from hackers et al?

Here’s how you disable the password strength checking in Windows 2008 Server – should be the same for all versions:

Click on 'Start' -> 'Administrative Tools' -> 'Local Security Policy'

Click on 'Start' -> 'Administrative Tools' -> 'Local Security Policy'

'Security Settings' -> 'Acount Policies' -> 'Password Policy'

'Security Settings' -> 'Acount Policies' -> 'Password Policy'

Double Click 'Password must meet complexity requirements'

Double Click 'Password must meet complexity requirements'

Hope this helps some of you out there!

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