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Windows® Small Business Server 2008: Administrator’s Pocket Consultant by Craig Zacker

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Using Password Policies

For the majority of small business networks, complex authentication mechanisms such as smart cards and biometric scanners are not necessary, so they rely on passwords to identify their users. However, you can maximize the security that the default authentication system provides by requiring users to supply passwords that are not easy to guess or break. By modifying the default Group Policy settings for your domain, you can require your users to specify passwords of a given length and complexity and to change their passwords at regular intervals.

Specifying password policies for your network is always a balance between what degree of protection you feel your network needs and what amount of inconvenience your users tolerate. ...

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