Strong Password Requirements for Microsoft Windows Server 2003

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Windows 2003 Strong Password requirements
  • Must not contain all or part of the user's account name
  • Must be at lease seven characters in length
  • Must contain characters from three of the following four categories:
  • English Uppercase characters (A through Z)
  • English lowercase characters (a through z)
  • Base 10 digits (0 through 9)
  • Non Alphabetic characters ( for example,!$#%)
An administrator can change these password requirements. Requiremenents are not enforced on stand-alone servers for local accounts but are still recommended practices.


Article ID: 966715 - Last Review: January 27, 2009 - Revision: 1.0
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