I just want to add a user

Working on generating some virtual development environments that run local for testing and presentations, and was in need of generating some test user accounts. So off to PowerShell I went, there will be a upcoming series on this just you wait. As I started creating new users I received the message the simple couple letter passwords did not meet the complexity defined.


(Windows cannot set the password for <user name> because: The password does not meet the password policy requirements. Check the minimum password length, password complexity and password history requirements.)

What! This is a development environment for my own use, I’m not worried about it being secure. The following steps are what I discovered to change the password complexity. I do not to a lot of server administration, so there may be a faster and easier method out there, but this worked for me.

  1. Log onto the AD server.
  2. Go to Start –> Administrator Tools –> Group Policy Management
  3. This will open the Group Policy Management console
  4. Via the tree on the left navigate down to the Group Policy Objects for the domain. On the right frame right click Default Domain Policy to open the Group Policy Management Editor console.
  5. Via the tree on the left navigate: Computer Configuration –> Policies –> Windows Settings –> Security Settings –> Account Settings –> Password Policy
  6. The right hand frame will now display all of the possible password policy settings you can change.

If you perform all of the above steps and are still receiving error messages about non-conforming passwords, the local security settings may have password policies enabled. To correct this go to Start –> Administrator Tools –> Local Security Policy.

This will open the Local Security Policy window. In the left frame, navigate the tree to Password Policy (Security Settings –> Account Policies –> Password Policy.)

You will see the same list of policy options as in the Group Manager Editor. Make the changes you want and you a user account will soon be yours.

Remember the more strict these policies are the safer you environment can be.


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