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Password Requirements for WindowsServer 2008

I just installed WindowsServer 2008 and when it asked me to select the password for the admin login, I wasn’t able to choose a password that it would accept. There was no option to explain the minimum requirements, so I searched on the Internet and found Microsoft’s Domain Policy Settings which explain this.

Minimum Password Requirements

  1. A password cannot have the user’s account name or use parts of their full name with more than two sequential characters.
  2. Minimum password length is 6 characters.
  3. A password must include 3 of any of the below items:
    1. Uppercase letters (A to Z).
    2. Lowercase letters (a to z).
    3. Numbers (0 to 9).
    4. Characters other than letters or numbers (i.e. !, $, #, %).

Password Examples

  • password is not valid, while Passw0rd is valid (there is zero where the “o” was)
  • a12345 is not valid, while a12345A is valid
  • Aa123 is not valid, while Aa1234 is valid

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Find the Mac Address in Windows XP

There are 2 ways to find the Mac address in a Windows XP computer. The easiest way is to use the command shell and another option is available through the control panel.

Command Line Mac Address

  1. Open the command shell (click on Start, select Run, type cmd and press OK).
  2. When the command shell opens, type

        ipconfig /all

You can find the Mac address by finding your network adapter (typically its Local Area Connection) where it will be displayed as the Physical Address (see image below).

Find Mac address with ipconfig.

Find Mac Address in the Control Panel

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Open Network Connections.
  3. Right click on network adapter used, which is probably Local Area Connections.
  4. Select Status, which will open a dialog box.
  5. Select the Support tab.
  6. Press the Details button.

The Network Connection Details dialog box will open and the Mac address is shown as the Physical Address (see image below).

Find Mac address through Control Panel.