Domain controller: Refuse machine account password changes
- Windows 10
Describes the best practices, location, values, and security considerations for the Domain controller: Refuse machine account password changes security policy setting.
This policy setting enables or disables blocking a domain controller from accepting password change requests for machine accounts. By default, devices joined to the domain change their machine account passwords every 30 days. If enabled, the domain controller will refuse machine account password change requests.
When enabled, this setting does not allow a domain controller to accept any changes to a machine account's password.
When disabled, this setting allows a domain controller to accept any changes to a machine account's password.
Same as Disabled.
- Enabling this policy setting on all domain controllers in a domain prevents domain members from changing their machine account passwords. This, in turn, leaves those passwords susceptible to attack. Make sure that this conforms to your overall security policy for the domain.
Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options
The following table lists the actual and effective default values for this policy. Default values are also listed on the policy’s property page.
|Server type or GPO||Default value|
|Default Domain Policy||Not defined|
|Default Domain Controller Policy||Not defined|
|Stand-Alone Server Default Settings||Not defined|
|DC Effective Default Settings||Disabled|
|Member Server Effective Default Settings||Disabled|
|Client Computer Effective Default Settings||Not applicable|
This section describes features and tools that are available to help you manage this policy.
None. Changes to this policy become effective without a device restart when they are saved locally or distributed through Group Policy.
This section describes how an attacker might exploit a feature or its configuration, how to implement the countermeasure, and the possible negative consequences of countermeasure implementation.
If you enable this policy setting on all domain controllers in a domain, domain members cannot change their machine account passwords, and those passwords are more susceptible to attack.
Disable the Domain controller: Refuse machine account password changes setting.
None. This is the default configuration.