The "User must change password at next logon" check box is not automatically selected after you modify the "Maximum password age" policy in a Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 environment

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INTRODUCTION

In a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Microsoft Windows 2000 environment, you modify the Maximum password age policy in either the local security policy or the domain security policy. However, the User must change password at next logon check box in the Properties dialog box for all user accounts is not automatically selected as expected.

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When you change the Maximum password age policy in Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, the User must change password at next logon check box in the Properties dialog box for all user accounts is automatically selected. This behavior was changed in Windows Server 2003 and in Windows 2000.

When you change the Maximum Password Age policy in Group Policy in Windows Server 2003 or in Windows 2000, the User must change password at next logon setting for all user accounts remains unchanged. Additionally, users whose passwords have expired are prompted to change their respective passwords when they log on to the domain. This is true even if the User must change password at next logon check box is not selected.

To programmatically enable the User must change password at next logon setting, visit the following Microsoft Web site, and then use the sample code in the "Script Code" section:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/scripts/ad/users/pwds/uspwvb12.mspx?mfr=true

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Article ID: 927054 - Last Review: October 11, 2007 - Revision: 1.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
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