By default, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 enforces users in the Administrators group to use strong passwords; if you try to enter a simple password the following message shall appear – The password you entered doesn’t meet password policy requirements. Try one that’s longer or more complex:
Users often just want to create their own passwords, whether simple or not, or even to leave them blank (which I don’t recommend, though).
Follow these simple steps to disable strong password enforcement:
1. Open the Start screen and click on the Administrative Tools icon:
2. In Administrative Tools folder, double click on the Local Security Policy icon, expand Account Policies and click on Password Policy. In the right pane double click on the Password must meet complexity requirements item and set it to Disabled. Click on OK button to save this policy change:
3. [optionally] It is also useful to choose to never let passwords expire. To do this open the Maximum password age policy item and set set the value to 0 (infinite). Click on OK button to apply this policy change:
If it doesn’t work immediately, run gpupdate /force from the command prompt.
For those who’d like to do a little additional research, find out about RSOP.msc tool, which will basically show you what policies are currently in effect and can help you track down what is occurring on your operating system.
By default, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 enforces users in the Administrators group to use strong passwords; if you try to enter a simple password the following message shall appear - The password you entered doesn't meet password policy requirements. Try one that's longer or more complex.