Blank password on server

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Active Directory
Group Policy
Password
Windows Server 2003
Hi Is it possible to set up a group of users to have no passwords and all other have passwords that they have to change every 90 days, I can only do it for all users and not sure how to do exclude a group in AD, with have only 1 domain controller with XP pro clients.

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this is possible but HIGHLY insecure. You would have to setup a separate organizational unit with the ones that you want NO password for. Then create a group policy object for them to have no password length, etc. forced on them. Then link the group policy to that OU. Make sure you set the GPO, (group policy object), so that it does NOT inherit policies. BUT if the domain policy forces inheritance then it still will not work. You would have to make sure that it is not forcing inheritance.

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  • Wrobinson
    You can do so but by default password complexity is enabled in Windows Server 2003 Active Directory, so you will have to disable it in order to assign blank and weak passwords.
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  • mnman66
    As everyone else is saying, you can do this but with HIGH security risks. There shouldn't be any reason for a person or group of people to not use a password. There are numerous articles out on the Internet that you can reference if you need to take it to the next level of authority. Even programs and processes can be scripted to run. You also run the risk of Sar-Ox audit and getting spanked for having users with no passwords. Not a good deal all around.
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