The "Enforce password history" and "Minimum password age" Group Policy settings do not work when you reset the password for a Windows Server 2008 R2-based or a Windows Server 2008-based computer

Applies to: Windows Server 2008 R2 DatacenterWindows Server 2008 R2 EnterpriseWindows Server 2008 R2 Foundation More

Symptoms


Consider the following scenario in a domain environment:
  • You configure the following Group Policy settings:
    • Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Account Policies\Password Policy\Enforce password history
    • Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Account Policies\Password Policy\Minimum password age
  • You use a password reset application to reset user accounts' password, such as Forefront Identify Manager 2010.
In this scenario, Enforce password history and Minimum password age policy settings do not work, and you can set the account password to a previous password in the password history at any time. However, the expected behavior is that you cannot set the password to a previous password in the password history during the period that is configured by using the Minimum password age policy setting.

For example, you reset your account password by using the Self-Service Password Reset functionality in Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010. However, Forefront Identity Manager does not enforce password history when your account password is reset.

Note: The issue only affects some specific password reset applications. Normal AD password reset operations by using built-in operating system tools are not affected.

Cause


This issue occurs because the password reset mechanism in the application does not check the password history when a password is reset.

Resolution


Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must be running one of the following operating systems:
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
And, you must have PDC Emulator role installed.

For more information about how to obtain a Windows Server 2008 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

968849 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2008

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows Server 2008 file information notes
Important Windows Vista hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, only "Windows Vista" is listed on the Hotfix Request page. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows Vista" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
  • The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table.
    VersionProductSR_LevelService branch
    6.0.600
    1.
    22xxx
    Windows Server 2008SP1LDR
    6.0.600
    2.
    22xxx
    Windows Server 2008SP2LDR
  • Service Pack 1 is integrated into the release version of Windows Server 2008.
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008" section. MUM files and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ldp.exe6.0.6001.22807394,24008-Dec-201014:51x64
Ldp.exe6.0.6002.22543394,24008-Dec-201018:14x64
Ntdsa.mofNot Applicable227,72526-Feb-201004:07Not Applicable
Ntdsai.dll6.0.6001.228072,635,77608-Dec-201016:32x64
Ntdsa.mofNot Applicable227,72503-Apr-200920:42Not Applicable
Ntdsai.dll6.0.6002.225432,639,87208-Dec-201020:29x64
Samlib.dll6.0.6001.2280799,32808-Dec-201016:33x64
Samsrv.dll6.0.6001.22807673,28008-Dec-201016:33x64
Samsrv.mofNot Applicable61,28826-Feb-201004:07Not Applicable
Samlib.dll6.0.6002.2254399,32808-Dec-201020:29x64
Samsrv.dll6.0.6002.22543672,76808-Dec-201020:29x64
Samsrv.mofNot Applicable61,28803-Apr-200920:43Not Applicable
Samlib.dll6.0.6001.2280757,85608-Dec-201014:37x86
Samsrv.mofNot Applicable61,28804-Mar-201005:49Not Applicable
Samlib.dll6.0.6002.2254357,34408-Dec-201016:41x86
Samsrv.mofNot Applicable61,28803-Apr-200920:50Not Applicable
Ldp.exe6.0.6001.22807287,23208-Dec-201013:02x86
Ldp.exe6.0.6002.22543287,23208-Dec-201014:32x86
Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes
Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
  • The files that apply to a specific product, milestone (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:
    VersionProductMilestoneService branch
    6.1.760
    0.20xxx
    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2RTMLDR
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ldp.exe6.1.7600.20785392,19220-Aug-201005:37x64
Ntdsa.mofNot applicable227,76510-Jun-200920:34Not applicable
Ntdsai.dll6.1.7600.207852,721,79220-Aug-201005:43x64
Samlib.dll6.1.7600.16385107,00814-Jul-200901:41x64
Samsrv.dll6.1.7600.20785758,78420-Aug-201005:44x64
Samsrv.mofNot applicable62,54110-Jun-200920:35Not applicable
Samlib.dll6.1.7600.2078560,92820-Aug-201004:30x86
Samsrv.mofNot applicable62,54122-Jul-200923:04Not applicable
Ldp.exe6.1.7600.20785288,76820-Aug-201004:24x86

Status


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information


For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

For more information about the Enforce password history policy setting, visit the following Microsoft webpage.
For more information about best practices to set a password, visit the following Microsoft webpage.

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows Server 2008

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008
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Date (UTC)08-Dec-2010
Time (UTC)20:48
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Date (UTC)08-Dec-2010
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Date (UTC)08-Dec-2010
Time (UTC)20:49
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameUpdate.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size5,917
Date (UTC)09-Dec-2010
Time (UTC)00:25
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Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File size734
Date (UTC)20-Aug-2010
Time (UTC)17:51
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_42c5c5ec672b3d5e06c451ab14aa8c48_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20785_none_5f1ebbc5edb2f3d3.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size732
Date (UTC)20-Aug-2010
Time (UTC)17:51
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_4f30cf6d6aac089022b5a8ae6d3c9ced_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20785_none_19d82244d031f000.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size716
Date (UTC)20-Aug-2010
Time (UTC)17:51
PlatformNot applicable
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