Category Archives: Active Directory

Active Directory Fine-Grained Password Policies

Windows Server 2008 introduced a really great new feature called Fine-Grained Password Policies.  This feature allows you to create a password policy separate from the Domain level one and apply it to an Active Directory group.  This is really handy for doing things like creating a stricter password policy for Domain Administrators.  The problem is you have to go in via ADSI Edit to set it up making it not for the faint of heart.  Parhelia Tools makes a really nice GUI front-end for Fine-Grained Password Policies called Password Policy Manager (PPM).  Best of all PPM is available free.  You can download it from: