Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Password changes to your computer logon (Active Directory password)

You can change your password at any time by pressing the CTRL, ALT and DEL buttons at the same time.  Pressing those three buttons at the same time will reveal four choices.  The third one is "Change a password."
The "Change a password" screen will ask for your old password.  Below that, you will enter your new password.  Below that, you will be asked to enter your new password again to make sure you entered it correctly. When you are finished, click the arrow button next to the password box.

The rules for creating a new password are these:
  1. Passwords will be a minimum length of seven characters
  2. New passwords cannot be the same as any of your last four passwords
  3. Passwords will require three out of the following four complexity conditions:
    1. Upper case alphabetic character
    2. Lower case alphabetic character
    3. Numeric character
    4. Special character [@,*,#,$,!,%,&,^,_,+,-]
If your password change was successful, you will receive a message that states, "Your password has been changed."

If your password change was not successful, most likely because you did not meet the rules listed above, you will receive a message that states, "Unable to update the password. The value provided for the new password does not meet the length, complexity, or history requirements of the domain." You will need to try again. 

Examples of good passwords that are at least seven characters long (remember the "3 out of 4 rule" listed above)