Disable Password Complexity/Expiration etc. Policy on Windows Server 2008

Posted on 5/18/2010 @ 11:20 AM in #SharePoint by | Feedback | 1365 views

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 -

  1. Run Group Policy Management (gpmc.msc)
  2. Expand to your domain, look for Forest\Domains\yourdomain\default domain policy.
  3. Go to the settings tab, right click on the tab, and choose “Edit”.
  4. This will open the Group Policy Management Editor, in which -
    1. Go to Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Account Policies\Password Policy, and change the policy to whatever that suits you.
  5. Close everything, and run command prompt as administrator, and issue a “gpupdate /force” command to force the group policy update on the machine.
  6. Restart, and you’re done! :)

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On 8/4/2010 6:22:29 PM razahotmail.com said ..
How to disable Password Complexity in Windows 2008 using command line?

On 10/14/2010 10:28:13 AM ching said ..

On 11/23/2010 9:25:17 PM Timothy said ..
I am tryin to log in to my computer using remote desktop connection and evertime i do that i get an error "access denied".all my RDC settings are O.K.i have disabled password policies requirements but i can't seem to change my password<p@ssw0rd> to a simple one hence the error,"....password must meet domain requirements..."please help..help uregently required.i thought changing the password to an easy one might help login easily.

On 12/28/2012 6:05:34 AM Daagy said ..
Thanks a l0t.