One of the things I like to do, for development environments only is to get rid of that excessively bothersome password policies. I like to have my password as something like p@ssword1, so they are easy to remember etc. etc. Obviously never do this in production. However, Windows Server 2008 comes with a password policy that expires my passwords every 90 days, and requires me to pick complex passwords, can’t reuse passwords etc. etc. Well here is how you disable password policy on a Windows Server 2008 machine -
- Run Group Policy Management (gpmc.msc)
- Expand to your domain, look for Forest\Domains\yourdomain\default domain policy.
- Go to the settings tab, right click on the tab, and choose “Edit”.
- This will open the Group Policy Management Editor, in which -
- Go to Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Account Policies\Password Policy, and change the policy to whatever that suits you.
- Close everything, and run command prompt as administrator, and issue a “gpupdate /force” command to force the group policy update on the machine.
- Restart, and you’re done! :)