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I have set the DC policy to remember last 8 passwords,
and local Security policy to remember the last 3
passwords. On the "effective setting" column, I do not
see the resultant setting which is 8 passwords (The
server which is a DC). Why is that so?
Changes Are Not Applied When You Change the Password Policy
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This article was previously published under Q269236
When you change the password policy, the changes are not applied as
This issue can occur in either of the following scenarios:
The Block Policy Inheritance option is enabled on the Domain Controllers
The password policy is not set in the Default Domain policy.
To resolve this issue, disable the Block Policy Inheritance option on the
Domain Controllers organizational unit:
Start the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.
Right-click the Domain Controllers organizational unit, click Properties,
and then click to clear the Block Policy Inheritance check box.
On the domain controllers, run the following command:
secedit /refreshpolicy machine_policy /enforce
If this issue occurs because you did not set password policy in the Default
Domain policy, set all password policies in the Default Domain policy.
This behavior is by design.
In Windows 2000, password policies are read-only at the domain level. The
policy must be applied to the domain controllers for the policy to be
applied. If you initiate a password change for a domain password from
anywhere in the domain, the change actually occurs on a domain controller.
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