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How to Configure Fine-Grained Password Policies on Windows Server 2019

In this post, we will see the steps for creating fine-grained password policies on Windows Server 2019 Active Directory Domain Environment.

Fine-grained password policies allow you to specify multiple password policies within a single domain so that you can apply different restrictions for password and account lockout policies to different sets of users in a domain.

For this post, I have created two users and one security group in Active Directory. Both users are members of that security group. Once we create a Fine-grained password policy, we would be applying it to a group named HRUsers.

Users: HR User1 and HR User2.

Group: HRUsers.

Create a new Fine-Grained Password Policy:

To create FGPP, login to the Windows server 2019 domain controller using a domain admin account and click on Server Manager.

To create a new Fine-Grained Password Policy, We need to open the Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAC).

On server manager console, click on Tools and select the Active Directory Administrative Center.

On the left side pane, click on the domain name(mylab.local).
Navigate to the SystemPassword Settings Container.
Right-click the Password Settings Container object and select New and click on Password Settings.

It will open the following Create Password Settings screen.

In the Name text box, type the name of the Password Settings Container (Ex. HRSecure_FGPP).

In the Precedence text box, type a Precedence number. Passwords with a lower precedence number overwrite Password Settings Containers with a higher precedence number.
Fill in or edit the appropriate fields for the settings that you want to use.

Now you need to apply this PSO (Password Settings Object) to a group called HRUsers.

(Note: A Password Settings Object (PSO) is an Active Directory object. This object contains all the settings that you can find in the Default Domain Policy GPO.)

Click on Add

Browse the security group, in our case it is HRUsers group. Select the group and click OK.
Click on OK.

Done! We have successfully applied the Fine-Grained Password Policy on members of HRUsers group but still we want to verify that.

To view the resultant PSO.

Locate the security group HRUsers. Right-click on the security group and select properties.

On the left side pane, click on Password Settings.

Here we can verify that HRSecure_FGPP PSO is applied to our security group.

Even as an administrator if we try to setup a simple password.

Definitely we will get the error because we did specify in the policy that the password must meet complexity requirements
Next, test account lockout policy as well. After three failed login attempts, user account is going to be lockout until administrator manually unlock it.
That’s it. I hope this article will help setting up Fine-grained Password Policies in Windows Server 2019 Active Directory Domain.

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