Change the password policy
Published: April 26, 2010
Updated: October 4, 2012
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials
To make it easier to implement a password policy on your computer network, Windows Server 2012 Essentials provides a simple tool that allows you to set or change the password policy to any of four pre-defined policy profiles.
Open the Windows Server 2012 Essentials Dashboard, and then click Users.
In the Users Tasks pane, click Set the password policy.
On the Change the Password Policy screen, set the level of password strength by moving the slider.
Microsoft recommends that you set the password strength to Strong.
Note As an option, you can also select Passwords never expire. This setting is less secure, and so it is not recommended.
Click Change policy.