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Active Directory Attributes » Active Directory password attribute: ms-DS-Password-Complexity-Enabled

Active Directory password attribute: ms-DS-Password-Complexity-Enabled

This attribute shows whether the password complexity setting is enabled or not. The Password must meet complexity requirements security policy setting checks whether the password:

  • Does not contain a user’s sAMAccountName or displayName.
  • Is at least 6 characters in length.
  • Contains characters from three of the following five categories:
    • Uppercase letters (A-Z)
    • Lowercase letters (a-z)
    • Base 10 digits (0-9)
    • Special characters (~!@#$%^&*_-+=`|\(){}[]:;"'<>,.?/)
CN ms-DS-Password-Complexity-Enabled
Ldap-Display-Name msDS-PasswordComplexityEnabled
Attribute-Id 1.2.840.113556.1.4.2015
System-Id-Guid db68054b-c9c3-4bf0-b15b-0fb52552a610

For more details about this attribute, refer to this Microsoft document.

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