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September 29, 2004 9:45:04 PM

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I want to create a password complexity policy that requires users' passwords
to be at least seven characters in length and include some combination of
letters and numbers. I can't seem to locate the necessary steps on doing
this. Please help! My job may depend on it (no joke). Thanks.

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Tom G
Anonymous
September 29, 2004 9:54:37 PM

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I don't know if XP has that capability natively but if any group would have
the answer it would likely be, windowsxp.configuration_manage or
windowsxp.network_web, please try your question in those two groups.

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Michael Solomon MS-MVP
Windows Shell/User
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"TomG" <TomG@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:E3FC2F6D-51D9-4E56-B568-EB3E5572C462@microsoft.com...
>I want to create a password complexity policy that requires users'
>passwords
> to be at least seven characters in length and include some combination of
> letters and numbers. I can't seem to locate the necessary steps on doing
> this. Please help! My job may depend on it (no joke). Thanks.
>
> --
> Tom G
Anonymous
September 30, 2004 12:54:29 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Hi,

Start/run secpol.msc

Expand security settings/account policies/password policy

Set a minimum length and enable the complexity setting

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Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"TomG" <TomG@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:E3FC2F6D-51D9-4E56-B568-EB3E5572C462@microsoft.com...
>I want to create a password complexity policy that requires users'
>passwords
> to be at least seven characters in length and include some combination of
> letters and numbers. I can't seem to locate the necessary steps on doing
> this. Please help! My job may depend on it (no joke). Thanks.
>
> --
> Tom G
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Anonymous
September 30, 2004 12:54:30 AM

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Oh, I did not realize that was even there, thanks, Rick.

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Michael Solomon MS-MVP
Windows Shell/User
Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/

"Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" <rick@mvps.org> wrote in message
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> Hi,
>
> Start/run secpol.msc
>
> Expand security settings/account policies/password policy
>
> Set a minimum length and enable the complexity setting
>
> --
> Best of Luck,
>
> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>
> "TomG" <TomG@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:E3FC2F6D-51D9-4E56-B568-EB3E5572C462@microsoft.com...
>>I want to create a password complexity policy that requires users'
>>passwords
>> to be at least seven characters in length and include some combination of
>> letters and numbers. I can't seem to locate the necessary steps on doing
>> this. Please help! My job may depend on it (no joke). Thanks.
>>
>> --
>> Tom G
>
>
September 30, 2004 12:59:02 AM

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Thanks, Rick.

Unfortunately, I wasn't specific enough when I wrote my posting. What I
need is a way to alter the complexity requirements that exist in the
passfilt.dll file so that users only have to meet two requirements. My
posting was written in a panic-fueled fit.

I think this may be beyond my abilities (it doesn't take much). If you have
any suggestions, I'm all ears. If not, I still appreciate the help.

Tom G.

"Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Start/run secpol.msc
>
> Expand security settings/account policies/password policy
>
> Set a minimum length and enable the complexity setting
>
> --
> Best of Luck,
>
> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>
> "TomG" <TomG@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:E3FC2F6D-51D9-4E56-B568-EB3E5572C462@microsoft.com...
> >I want to create a password complexity policy that requires users'
> >passwords
> > to be at least seven characters in length and include some combination of
> > letters and numbers. I can't seem to locate the necessary steps on doing
> > this. Please help! My job may depend on it (no joke). Thanks.
> >
> > --
> > Tom G
>
>
>
Anonymous
September 30, 2004 4:35:08 AM

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"TomG" <TomG@discussions.microsoft.com>
wrote in news:A06FCE80-F15E-4424-A2CA-D445FE306CA1@microsoft.com:
> Thanks, Rick.
>
> Unfortunately, I wasn't specific enough when I wrote my posting.
> What I need is a way to alter the complexity requirements that exist
> in the passfilt.dll file so that users only have to meet two
> requirements. My posting was written in a panic-fueled fit.
>
> I think this may be beyond my abilities (it doesn't take much). If
> you have any suggestions, I'm all ears. If not, I still appreciate
> the help.
>
> Tom G.
>
> "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> Start/run secpol.msc
>>
>> Expand security settings/account policies/password policy
>>
>> Set a minimum length and enable the complexity setting
>>
>> --
>> Best of Luck,
>>
>> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
>> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
>> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
>> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
>> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>>
>> "TomG" <TomG@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:E3FC2F6D-51D9-4E56-B568-EB3E5572C462@microsoft.com...
>>> I want to create a password complexity policy that requires users'
>>> passwords
>>> to be at least seven characters in length and include some
>>> combination of letters and numbers. I can't seem to locate the
>>> necessary steps on doing this. Please help! My job may depend on
>>> it (no joke). Thanks.
>>>
>>> --
>>> Tom G

It's been awhile, but my recollection is that if you want a different
set of complexity requirements then you need to code your own .dll file
and use that one. Since that sounds beyond your ability, I didn't
bother hunting around Microsoft for very long. The following articles:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/secmgmt/securit...

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/libr...

indicate that you can alter password management. You would code
something like as decribed at http://support.microsoft.com/?id=151082
where, in this case, the for-loop tracks the minimum requirements of
your custom password quality requirements.

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Anonymous
September 30, 2004 4:36:05 AM

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"Michael Solomon (MS-MVP Windows Shell/User)" <user@#notme.com>
wrote in news:%23ylNJgopEHA.3424@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl:
> I don't know if XP has that capability natively but if any group
> would have the answer it would likely be,
> windowsxp.configuration_manage or windowsxp.network_web, please try
> your question in those two groups.

Might actually be one for the microsoft.public.security newsgroup.

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Anonymous
September 30, 2004 10:18:13 AM

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Hi Tom,

As was indicated by Vanguardx, to use anything other than the defaults you
need to write your own file. I can't help you there. The two options I
mentioned can be used in combination to force a seven character password and
that the user have a combination of letters/numbers.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"TomG" <TomG@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:A06FCE80-F15E-4424-A2CA-D445FE306CA1@microsoft.com...
> Thanks, Rick.
>
> Unfortunately, I wasn't specific enough when I wrote my posting. What I
> need is a way to alter the complexity requirements that exist in the
> passfilt.dll file so that users only have to meet two requirements. My
> posting was written in a panic-fueled fit.
>
> I think this may be beyond my abilities (it doesn't take much). If you
> have
> any suggestions, I'm all ears. If not, I still appreciate the help.
>
> Tom G.
>
> "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> Start/run secpol.msc
>>
>> Expand security settings/account policies/password policy
>>
>> Set a minimum length and enable the complexity setting
>>
>> --
>> Best of Luck,
>>
>> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
>> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
>> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
>> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
>> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>>
>> "TomG" <TomG@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:E3FC2F6D-51D9-4E56-B568-EB3E5572C462@microsoft.com...
>> >I want to create a password complexity policy that requires users'
>> >passwords
>> > to be at least seven characters in length and include some combination
>> > of
>> > letters and numbers. I can't seem to locate the necessary steps on
>> > doing
>> > this. Please help! My job may depend on it (no joke). Thanks.
>> >
>> > --
>> > Tom G
>>
>>
>>
Anonymous
September 30, 2004 7:34:53 PM

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Thanks, Vanguardx, good suggestion.

--
Michael Solomon MS-MVP
Windows Shell/User
Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/

"Vanguardx" <see_signature> wrote in message
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> "Michael Solomon (MS-MVP Windows Shell/User)" <user@#notme.com>
> wrote in news:%23ylNJgopEHA.3424@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl:
>> I don't know if XP has that capability natively but if any group
>> would have the answer it would likely be,
>> windowsxp.configuration_manage or windowsxp.network_web, please try
>> your question in those two groups.
>
> Might actually be one for the microsoft.public.security newsgroup.
>
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