SOURCE: Special Operations Software

January 16, 2007 11:15 ET

Special Operations Software Announces Next Generation of Password Policy Security for Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Specops Password Policy 2.0 Introduces Multiple Password Policies With Delegated Administration Within an Active Directory Domain

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 16, 2007 -- Special Operations Software,, a global leader of Group Policy-based Systems Management and Security software, today announced the release of Specops Password Policy 2.0, the next generation of Windows Password Policy.

"Specops Password Policy 2.0 is the biggest update to Active Directory password policies to date," said Robert Lundh, CEO of Special Operations Software. "Using Specops Password Policy 2.0 an organization can utilize the existing Active Directory and Group Policy infrastructure and substantially increase the password security within the organization."

Specops Password Policy 2.0 is a password policy system based on the Group Policy technology in Active Directory and enhances the built-in password policy of Windows. Specops Password Policy 2.0 provides 20 different settings from which to choose when configuring a password policy.

Active Directory without and with Specops Password Policy

Currently in Active Directory, the built-in password policy must be configured on the domain level, in the Default Domain policy or similar. Consequently there can be only one password policy throughout the domain and it can only be configured by a domain administrator. Specops Password Policy is truly Group Policy based and can consequently be configured in any number of group policies. This has several advantages:

--  There can be more than one password policy in Active Directory
    affecting different users. For example, a strong password policy can be
    configured for administrators and a more forgiving password policy for
    normal users.
--  The password policy configuration can be delegated. In a large Active
    Directory environment, administrators on different levels can configure the
    password policy without needing domain-level permissions.
--  Familiar Group Policy targeting mechanisms such as security group
    filtering, enforcing and blocking will affect the password polices.
--  Configuring the password policies mimics the configuration of other
    security settings since most security settings are Group Policy based as

New Features

Specops Password Policy 2.0 adds many additional password features and requirements:

--  Disallowing words from specified dictionaries in the passwords
--  Disallowing incremental passwords, for example changing from password1
    to password2 would be prohibited
--  E-mail notification when the password is about to expire. This is an
    important feature for users who do not normally log in interactively. For
    example via Outlook Web Access. From such applications the password cannot
    be changed after it has expired. The e-mail notification can be used to
    inform the users ahead of time that they need to change the password. This
    feature will help in minimize expired password support calls.
--  Maximum length requirement on passwords. This feature is useful for
    environments where the same password is used to access multiple systems
    (i.e., main frame systems) and the maximum password length may be limited.
--  Multiple password age policies
--  Multiple password history policies

Supports PowerShell

Specops Password Policy 2.0 is fully scriptable. All administrative tasks can be automated through .NET programming or Windows PowerShell scripting. Specops Password Policy 2.0 includes a custom Windows PowerShell cmdlet.

About Special Operations Software

Special Operations Software,, is a global leader of Group Policy based Systems Management and Security software. The company was founded in 2001 and is a privately held company. The company's 1300+ customer base is spread across 33 countries. The EMEA HQ is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and a North American HQ is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Special Operations Software is a founding member of the Group Policy Task Force ( Special Operations Software is a Microsoft Gold Partner in Security Solutions and as an ISV. The products currently available from Special Operations Software are Specops Deploy™, Special Operations Suite™, Active Directory Janitor™, Specops Password Policy™, Specops Gpupdate™ and Specops Inventory™.

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