Friday, January 18, 2013

Password validation failed. The password for the user is too recent to change.

While attempting to change the password of any user with in the minimum password change duration then it can throw an error like below. This message actually comes from windows security policy.

Error:
Password validation failed. The password for the user is too recent to change.

There are couple of ways to resolve this issue one is reduce the age of minimum password change or remove this policy completely, here you can choose which one you would like to go.

#1 How to reduce the minimum password age to change?

Step 1 : Open Start menu
Step 2 : Click All Programs
Step 3 : Click Administrative Tools
Step 4 : Click Local Security Policy





Step 5 : From below picture you can find "minimum password age" option, you can modify this as per your requirement, in my case it is 1 day.



#2 How to turn off this policy completely from SQL Server?

Step 1 :  Connect to SQL Server management studio.
Step 2 :  Expand securities.
Step 3 :  Expand Logins.
Step 4 : Right click on desired login and click properties.
Step 5 : The property box looks like below and here I have highlighted with red mark where you can actually unchecked Enforce password policy option to avoid this error completely. 

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