Passwords must meet complexity requirements determines whether password complexity
is enforced. If this setting is enabled, user passwords meet the following
.. The password is at least six characters long.
.. The password contains characters from at least three of the following five
.. English uppercase characters (A - Z)
.. English lowercase characters (a - z)
.. Base 10 digits (0 - 9)
.. Non-alphanumeric (for example: !, $, #, or %)
.. Unicode characters
.. The password does not contain three or more characters from the user's
.. If the account name is less than three characters long, this check is not
performed because the rate at which passwords would be rejected is too high.
When checking against the user's full name, several characters are treated
as delimiters that separate the name into individual tokens: commas, periods,
dashes/hyphens, underscores, spaces, pound-signs, and tabs. For each token
that is three or more characters long, that token is searched for in the
password; if it is present, the password change is rejected. For example,
the name "Erin M. Hagens" would be split into three tokens: "Erin", "M",
and "Hagens". Because the second token is only one character long, it would
be ignored. Therefore, this user could not have a password that included
either "erin" or "hagens" as a substring anywhere in the password. All of
these checks are case-insensitive.
.. These complexity requirements are enforced upon password change or creation
of new passwords. It is recommended that you enable this setting.
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> Is is possible to enforce the password complexity with special
> character? Active Directory should not accept any passsword without a
> single special charater.
> >> Stay informed about: Complex password with special character