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Password Manager 5.7.1 - Administration Guide

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Password Age Rule

Password Age Rule

The password age rule ensures that users cannot use expired passwords or change their passwords too frequently.

Specify Minimum password age so that passwords cannot be changed until they are more than a certain number of days old. If a minimum password age is defined, users must wait the specified number of days to change their passwords.

Specify Maximum password age so that passwords expire as often as necessary for your environment.

To configure the password age rule

  1. Follow the steps outlined in Configuring Password Policy Rules.
  2. On the Policy Rules tab, click Password Age Rule to expand the rule settings.
  3. Under Password Age Rule, select the Specify password age check box, and then specify the following options as required:
Table 22:

 

Option

Description

Minimum password age

Specifies for how many days users must keep new passwords before they can change them.

Maximum password age

Specifies how many days a password can be used before the user is required to change it.

Length Rule

Length Rule

The length rule ensures that passwords contain the required number of characters.

Define a minimum length so that passwords must consist of at least a specified number of characters. Long passwords - seven or more characters - are usually stronger than short ones. With this setting, users cannot use blank passwords, and they have to create passwords that are a certain number of characters long.

To configure the length rule

  1. Follow the steps outlined in Configuring Password Policy Rules.
  2. On the Policy Rules tab, click Length Rule to expand the rule settings.
  3. Under Length Rule, select the Password must contain check box, and then specify the following options as required:
Table 23:

 

Option

Description

Minimum characters

Set the minimum number of characters that a password must contain.

Maximum characters

Set the maximum number of characters allowed in a password.

Complexity Rule

Complexity Rule

The complexity rule ensures that passwords meet the following minimum complexity requirements:

  • Not contain the user's account name or parts of the user's full name that exceed two consecutive characters
  • Be at least six characters in length
  • 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, !, $, #, %)

The complexity rule imposes the same requirements as the standard Windows policy “Password must meet complexity requirements.”

To configure the complexity rule

  1. Follow the steps outlined in Configuring Password Policy Rules.
  2. On the Policy Rules tab, click Complexity Rule to expand the rule settings.
  3. Under Complexity Rule, select the Password must meet complexity requirements check box.

Required Characters Rule

Required Characters Rule

The required characters rule ensures that passwords contain certain character categories.

Required characters are necessary to make a password stronger. For example, if you set the minimum number of uppercase characters to 4, then the password "ElePHant" will be rejected.

To configure the required characters rule

  1. Follow the steps outlined in Configuring Password Policy Rules.
  2. On the Policy Rules tab, click Required Characters Rule to expand the rule settings.
  3. Under Required Characters Rule, select the Password must contain at least check box, and then specify the following options as required:
Table 24:

 

Option

Description

Alphabetic characters

Set the minimum number of alphabetic characters (A-z) that must appear in a password.

Lowercase characters

Set the minimum number of lowercase characters that must appear in a password.

Uppercase characters

Set the minimum number of uppercase characters that must appear in a password.

Unique characters

Set the number of characters that must be unique within a password.

To require case sensitivity for this setting, select the Case sensitive check box.

Digits (0-9)

Specify whether passwords must contain digits:

Set the minimum number of digits that must appear in a password by selecting the Minimum check box, and then typing the required number.

In the In positions text box, type the numbers of positions within a password where digits must appear. For example, 1,3,5-10.

Use Number of ending characters to specify how many digits must be in the end of a password.

Special characters

Specify whether passwords must contain special characters:

Set the minimum number of special characters that must appear in a password by selecting the Minimum check box, and then typing the required number.

In the In positions text box, type the numbers of positions within a password where special characters must appear. For example, 1,3,5-10.

Use Number of ending characters to specify how many special characters there must be in the end of a password.

Special characters include the following characters:
!"#$%&'()*+,-./:;<=>?@[\\]^_`{}~

 

NOTE: By default, the table of lowercase, uppercase, and special characters is taken from the locale settings of the domain controller where the Password Policy Manager is installed. To view the locale settings, select Start | Settings | Control Panel | Regional Options and click the General tab.
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