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Hexnode MDM Password Policy for Windows

A password is required to secure the device by preventing unauthorized access to the device features and files. But sometimes, simple passwords can be guessed easily and the device can be unlocked. Hexnode MDM password policy for Windows force users to use a strong password on their device thus making it even more secure. You can configure password from Policies tab.

  1. Create a new policy or select an existing one from Policies tab.
  2. Select Password from Windows Settings.
Settings Supported OS Description
Allow simple value PCs & tablets:
8.1   10

Phones:
8.1   10

Allow users to set simple passwords (without special characters or numbers) on their devices.
Require alphanumeric value PCs & tablets:
8.1   10

Phones:
8.1   10

Select the type of password that the user can set on their Windows device. Alphanumeric password forces the user to provide an alphanumeric password while numeric password force users to set a numeric one. Select users can choose to leave it to the users.
Minimum passcode length PCs & tablets:
8.1   10

Phones:
8.1   10

The minimum number of characters in the password. The value can be from 4 to 18.
Minimum complex characters Set the minimum number of complex characters that the password should have. 1 and 2 are the available values.
Maximum passcode age in days PCs & tablets:
8.1   10

Phones:
8.1   10

The maximum days a passcode should work. Set a value from 0 to 730 days for this field. If the users have not changed the passcode within this period, the device will be locked down and they can use the device only after a new passcode is set. To disable this option, select 0.
Auto lock PCs & tablets:
8.1   10

Phones:
8.1   10

The device will be locked automatically if it remains idle for the time (in minutes) set here. Values from 0-999 are available. But Windows devices provides only particular values like 30 sec, 1 min, 3min, 5 min, 15 min (only for windows10), 30 min (only for windows 10) and never (only for windows 10) under device settings. The user can set a value from the options available in the device and the device will autolock after that amount of time. Selecting 0 in the portal and never in the device will disable autolock for Windows 10 devices.
Passcode history PCs & tablets:
8.1   10

Phones:
8.1   10

Let the device store up to 50 recently used passcodes. The saved passcodes are not allowed to be used again while changing the passcode. Select 0 to disable this option.
Failed attempt before wipe PCs & tablets:
8.1   10

Phones:
8.1   10

The number of wrong passcode attempts after which the device will be wiped automatically. The device will be reset to factory settings and all data (contacts, files, calendars etc.) will be deleted. The permitted number of attempts are 0 to 999. Select 0 to disable this option. In Windows 10 PCs and tablets, this option works only if BitLocker protection is enabled by the Organization. The device enters a recovery mode instead of being wiped. From here, the access to the device can be restored by using a 48-digit recovery code provided by the Organization.
Notes:

  • Whenever a value is selected under autolock in the policy, only those values which are below the selected value will be displayed in the windows device from which the user can select. For eg: If 5 min is selected in the portal, the available values in a Windows 8.1 device will be 30 sec, 1 min, 3 min and 5 min.
  • Disabling autolock is not possible in Windows 8.1 devices as never option is not present. Even when we set the value as 0 in the portal the device will be autolocked only after 30 sec which is the lowest possible value in that device.

Hexnode mdm password policy for Windows

Hexnode mdm password policy for Windows

Hexnode mdm password policy for Windows

Associate Policy to Windows Devices

There are several methods to associate password policy to a device, two of which are explained here.

Method 1

  1. If you are inside policy configuration screen, go to Policy Targets.
  2. Click on + Add Devices to add a device, or select a user, device group or user group from the left pane.

Method 2

  1. If you are on the policy list screen, check a policy.
  2. From Manage, select Associate Targets and select the devices.
Notes:

  • In Windows10, password configurations are applied to the device only during the next restart.
  • Once the policy is removed a pop up arises showing that password is no longer required by the device.

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