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Windows 2000 Server includes the strong password functionality first provided in Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2). For additional information about the scope of default strong password functionality, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
161990In Windows NT Server 4.0, administrators must install a new Passfilt.dll library and place an appropriate entry in the registry in order for this functionality to be enabled. With Windows 2000 Server, administrators can use strong password requirements by using a Group Policy Object (GPO) because the required dynamic-link library (DLL) is included with Windows 2000.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/161990/EN-US/ )How to Enable Strong Password Functionality in Windows NT
To implement strong password requirements for your domain, configure a group policy object linked to your domain:
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