How can I setup 2008 AD password complexity in Active Directory?

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Windows Server 2008
Where can I configure password complexity settings using group policy on a 2008 active directory network?

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Windows Server 2008. AD

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Edit the default domain policy in the group policy editor. Under computer settings, you’ll find the security settings (I don’t have a DC in front of me at the moment) and you can set them in there.

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  • Karl Gechlik
    [...] Want to know how to setup Active Directory 2008 password complexity? Mr. Denny has what you [...]
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  • RaveDJ
    The answer above is technically correct, however it is best practice to create a custom GPO and not edit the Default Domain Policy. Ensure you link your GPO at the domain root or the settings will apply only to local accounts on the computers within the Scope Of Management for the policy. Also ensure your policy has a higher priority in the link order and therefore applies after the DDP. The settings you'll need to configure are: Computer ConfigurationWindows SettingsAccount PoliciesPassword Policy Enforce password history Computer ConfigurationWindows SettingsAccount PoliciesPassword Policy Maximum password age Computer ConfigurationWindows SettingsAccount PoliciesPassword Policy Minimum password age Computer ConfigurationWindows SettingsAccount PoliciesPassword Policy Minimum password length Computer ConfigurationWindows SettingsAccount PoliciesPassword Policy Password must meet complexity requirement Computer ConfigurationWindows SettingsAccount PoliciesPassword Policy Store passwords using reversible encryption for all users in the domain Computer ConfigurationWindows SettingsAccount PoliciesAccount Lockout Policy Account lockout duration Computer ConfigurationWindows SettingsAccount PoliciesAccount Lockout Policy Account lockout threshold Computer ConfigurationWindows SettingsAccount PoliciesAccount Lockout Policy Reset lockout counter after I advise a minimum length of 8 characters, with complexity switched on. Expire passwords (maximum password age) every 30 days and have a mimum of 1 day before they can be changed (to avoid cycling passwords). Remember the last 24 passwords. And teach your users how to use passphrases!
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