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Disable Strong Passwords and Password Aging 2012 Server    
Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:42

Heres how to Disable Strong Passwords and Password Aging on Windows 2012 Servers

Open the Start screen and click the Administrative Tools icon.

In Administrative Tools folder, double click the Local Security Policy icon, expand Account Policies and click Password Policy. In the right pane double click Password must meet complexity requirements and set it to Disabled. Click OK to save your policy change.

Optionally you can also choose to never let passwords expire. To do this open the Maximum password age policy and set set the value to 0. Click OK to apply the change.

However if these settings are disbled you need to use Group Policy to change them;

Go to the search prompt on the start screen and type “gpmc.msc” then start it.

Group Policy Management -> Forest: YourServerName.local -> Domains -> YourServerName.local Select “Default Domain Policy” then right-click and select “Edit…” to open the Group Policy Management Editor.

Group Policy Management Editor Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Account Policies -> Password Policy

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