SOURCE: Special Operations Software

July 15, 2005 11:42 ET

New Group Policy Extension Announced by Special Operations Software Improves Active Directory Password Policy

ENGLEWOOD, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 15, 2005 -- Special Operations Software, a global provider of Active Directory integrated and Group Policy extension server and desktop management software, today announced a new Group Policy extension product that goes under project name "Barcode." Project "Barcode" is a product that removes the limitation of only one Password Policy for an Active Directory domain.

In the current version of Active Directory only one password policy is provided for all domain accounts. Project "Barcode" gives users the ability to specify different password policies based on group membership, organizational unit, and even for individual user accounts. In addition, Project "Barcode" also extends the complexity requirement options available and defines the complexity rules a password must meet.

"A common security problem for many organizations worldwide using Active Directory is that the Password Policy has to be the same for the entire domain even though domain administrators should have much more complex password rules compared to other employees," said Robert Lundh, CEO of Special Operations Software. "With Project 'Barcode,' we offer organizations worldwide the ability to increase their security level where it is needed the most."

Project "Barcode" is scheduled for a September release and will go into public Beta in mid-August. Public Beta registration is open at Special Operations Software's website

About Special Operations Software

Special Operations Software (, is a software vendor offering management products enhancing Active Directory and Group Policy based technology. Special Operations Software was founded in 2001 and is a privately held company. The company's customer base is spread over more than 15 countries with the majority of customers located in North America and Scandinavia. The world headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the North American headquarters is located in Denver, Colorado. Special Operations Software is a founding member of the Group Policy Task Force ( Special Operations Software products include Specops Deploy™, Special Operations Suite™ and Active Directory Janitor™.

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