SAM vs. AD User Accouns

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  • itokman

    Hello All.
    Our W2K AD domain runs in the Mixed Mode. Group Policies seems to slow down the logon process considerably, we would like to use it only occasionally. Also we would like to enforce password expiration/complexity rules not only for W2K but also for W9X clients.
    Can the following tools be used to modify/control user accounts:
    A) Enforce Domain Policies (such as password age) from NT4 User Manager for Domains?
    B) NET * commands. For example, use
    net accounts /minpwage:7 /maxpwage:30 /domain

    And, in broader terms: Account policies, including password policies, are applied to the Active Directory, which resides in the DCs. Do the above mentioned tools access and modify the AD or they modify the Domain’s SAM? And if it is SAM, how this info then gets synchronized with the AD?

    Thank you very much
    Igor Tokman

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