When this setting is Not Configured or Enabled, Password Validation settings and Password Strength indicator settings apply. The Password Validation rules in the software enforce stricter policy than Microsoft Default Domain Policy.
When the setting is disabled, only Microsoft Default Domain Policy settings (for Password Policy) apply. The Password Strength indicator will also be removed.
Password Validation settings provide security settings above and beyond Microsoft standard settings. You may Enable Dictionary Validation setting to filter out approximately 65,000 common password strings. You may also specify your own custom Dictionary file. The policy can be configured to allow Weak, Good or Strong password strings. The password strength indicator displays the password strength that must be met for the new password to be accepted..
When this setting is Disabled, the software will not apply password validation rules that are stronger than Microsoft standard rules. The Password Strength indicator will also be removed.
This article provides instructions on testing the SYNERGIX AD Client Extensions software. Password Validation feature is configured using the Administrative Template. After installing the Administrative Template file, the policy setting can be found under COMPUTER CONFIGURATION \ Policies \ Administrative Templates \ SYNERGIX AD Client Extensions \ Security Settings\Password Validation. The Explain tab of the Group Policy setting provides online instructions on configuring the feature.
- Microsoft Windows 7.0 or
- Microsoft Windows 8.1 or
- Microsoft Windows 10 or
- Microsoft Windows Server 2008 & R2 or
- Microsoft Windows Server 2012 & R2 or
- Microsoft Windows Server 2016
- .NET Framework 4.0
Active Directory Domain Environment
- Single Active Directory Domain environment i.e. Single Forest with Forest Root Domain only example. SYNERGIX.WIN
- You can setup a more complex Active Directory Domain environment, if needed. For example, one forest SYNERGIX.WIN with child domains US.SYNERGIX.WIN, and GB.SYNERGIX.WIN and a trusted forest SYNERGIXLABS.WIN with child domains US.SYNERGIXLABS.WIN, GB.SYNERGIXLABS.WIN
- Security Group(s)
* Not required for this feature
- Delegate Control
* Not required for this feature
Configure domain Group Policy Object
Copy SYNERGIX AD Client Extensions Administrative Template file SYNERGIX-ADCE.ADMX to %SystemRoot%\PolicyDefinitions on admin workstation (must be Windows 7.0 or higher version)
Copy SYNERGIX AD Client Extensions Administrative Template Language file SYNERGIX-ADCE.ADMLto %SystemRoot%\PolicyDefinitions\en-US on same admin workstation (must be Windows 7.0 or higher version)
Configuring Password Validation Policy Setting …
- Using GPMC.MSC, edit existing or new Group Policy Object
- Expand COMPUTER CONFIGURATION
- Expand Policies
- Expand Administrative Templates
- Expand SYNERGIX AD Client Extensions
- Expand Security Settings
- Double Click on “Password Validation” and Enable it.
- Select the check box for validation
Enable Complexity Validation
Enable Dictionary Validation
Enable Active Directory Attribute Validation
Enable Custom Dictionary
You can specify your own Custom Dictionary. Specify the path, example \\serverFQDN\custom_val.doc
- Configure other settings as required
Override Default AD Attributes used for validation
Include Attribute CN
Include Attribute Display Name
Include Attribute Given Name
Include Attribute Location
Include Attribute Name
Include Attribute SN
Override Default Complexity Values
Password Strength indicator using the Complexity Multiplier text boxes.
- Click on OK to apply the settings.
- Log into a domain computer with the domain account (your admin account) that has local administrative privileges on the workstation.
- Ensure the SYNERGIX AD Client Extensions specific Group Policy settings were applied
- Launch RSOP.MSC or run GPRESULT.EXE /v to confirm
- Install SYNERGIX AD Client Extensions software
- After the software is successfully installed, launch change password dialog box and change your password based on validation you have set on the feature.
Test Results Submission
- Output of GPRESULTS.EXE /V command
Note: You must use ADCE \ Help \ Submit Log Files button to zip up above 3 files and submit