It’s not possible directly to edit the password policies in AD setup both in Windows 2008 and 2012 environment. Before doing the changes have a look into the current settings, and backup if necessary. To check the currents settings, type ‘gpedit.msc’ in command prompt and then navigate to ‘Computer SettingsWindows SettingsSecurity SettingsAccount PoliciesPassword Policy’ section.
- Go to a command prompt
- Type ‘secedit /export /cfg c:local.cfg‘ and hit enter
- Using notepad, edit c:local.cfg (keep a backup if required)
- Look for the line which you want to edit. For eg. “PasswordComplexity = 1” and change it to “PasswordComplexity = 0”
- Save the file
- At a command prompt type ‘secedit /configure /db %windir%securitylocal.sdb /cfg c:local.cfg /areas SECURITYPOLICY
This will apply the new settings and refreshing the gpedit.msc should reflect the new settings
Set your new less complex password!