Specops Password Policy Basic is used to configure fine-grained password policies in Windows Server 2008. Specops Password Policy Basic is a feature limited and free version of Specops Password Policy.
Fine-grained password policies is a new feature in Windows Server 2008 that can be used to specify multiple password policies and apply different password restrictions and account lockout policies to different sets of users within a single domain. Password policies apply only to user objects (or inetOrgPerson objects if they are used instead of user objects) and global security groups. Fine-grained password policy cannot be applied to an organizational unit (OU) directly.
A Password Settings object (PSO) has attributes for all the settings that can be defined in the Default Domain Policy (except Kerberos settings). A user or group object can have multiple PSOs linked to it, either because of membership in multiple groups that each have different PSOs applied to them or because multiple PSOs are applied to the object directly. However, only one PSO can be applied as the effective password policy. Only the settings from that PSO can affect the user or group. The settings from other PSOs that are linked to the user or group cannot be merged in any way.
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