If you like me like a more simple password for your local administrator password on your servers in a test lab or production 🙂 then you can change it using the local security policy.
Problem is on Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, you don’t have the MMC snap-ins to do it, so you need to use the command line as follows:
Disable Local Password Expiry:
> net accounts /maxpwage:unlimited
Disable Password Complexity
First export your security configuration using the following command:
> secedit /export /cfg C:\securityconfig.cfg
Open the exported file with notepad.
Change the line:
PasswordComplexity = 1
PasswordComplexity = 0
and save the file:
> secedit /configure /db C:\Windows\security\new.sdb /cfg C:\securityconfig.cfg /areas SECURITYPOLICY
Now you can set your local administrator password to something simple! 😉