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How To Set Non-expiring Passwords For Office 365 Users

A global admin for a Microsoft cloud service can use the Azure Active Directory PowerShell for Graph to set passwords not to expire for specific users. You can also use AzureAD cmdlets to remove the never-expires configuration or to see which user passwords are set to never expire.

How to set non-expiring passwords for Office 365 users

User accounts configured with the -PasswordPolicies DisablePasswordExpiration parameter still age based on the pwdLastSet attribute. Based on the pwdLastSet attribute, if you change the expiration to -PasswordPolicies None, all passwords that have a pwdLastSet older than 90 days require the user to change them the next time they sign in. This change can affect a large number of users.

Current research strongly indicates that mandated password changes do more harm than good. They drive users to choose weaker passwords, re-use passwords, or update old passwords in ways that are easily guessed by hackers. We recommend enabling multi-factor authentication. To learn more about password policy, check out Password policy recommendations.

My Office 365 admin portal displayed a new recommendation when I logged in last week. Microsoft is recommending that user account passwords be set to never expire. My tenant is currently set to an expiry period of 90 days, whereas a newer tenant I was doing some testing with last month has defaulted to 730 days. I am not sure whether a tenant created today will default to 730 days or to non-expiring passwords.

The thought of non-expiring passwords might raise a few eyebrows in some organizations. For a long time the accepted position for passwords was to change them regularly. This thinking comes from a time when passwords were the single factor of authentication for most systems, with multi-factor authentication being relatively rare. Times have changed though, and recent research has concluded that requiring users to change their passwords regularly will usually lead to them:

This cannot be done via the Azure AD admin portal. You will have to use the Microsoft 365 admin center or PowerShell to set Azure AD users' passwords to never expire. You will also need to use an Azure AD global administrator account to achieve this.

If organizational policies determine that password expiry must be retained, ADSelfService Plus' Password Expiration Notifier tool helps IT admins notify users about their expiring AD domain passwords.

Ensure strong user passwords that resist various hacking threats with ADSelfService Plus by enforcing Active Directory users to adhere to compliant passwords via displaying password complexity requirements.

Hi, This is awesome information. I'm curious if there is a way to modify this so that a script could be run that turns on PasswordNeverExpires for individual accounts *IF* MFA is active on that account. We have some users that have bought into the MFA and have it active, but some users that do not want an MFA login. The users who have MFA active, should not need to change their primary passwords. I'm hoping to set something up that nightly checks for MFA and then sets passwordtoneverexpire *IF* MFA is active. On this site, you can query for MFA status, but I've got no idea how or if you can create something that queries MFA status and then pipes that into something that would change the passwordneverexpires status.

Developing a strong password is the most effective strategy to keep your Office 365 environment secure. As part of the password expiration policy, users are likely to change their passwords frequently. Since passwords are often changed, users tend to choose weaker and easier passwords over time. Therefore, these passwords can get hacked at ease.

Would it be possible to set the password to never expire configuration for bulk users? Is there a way to do it? The problem can be solved by importing a CSV file with the list of users that you want to configure passwords to never expire.

How to set passwords to never expire in Microsoft 365? Microsoft recommends to set the Microsoft 365 password expiration policy to never expire because password expiration requirements do more harm than good. Think about it, users get a message or notification to change their password. They add a number or symbol behind the existing password and set it as a new password.

You may have company requirements to configure some individual user passwords to never expire. This is not an option available in the Office 365 Admin portal. In the portal, you can set the password expiry as a global setting for all users but not for individual users. Here is how you perform this change for individual users.

In this article, we walked through 3 different options to get a list of users with password never expires. There are times when system administrators set account passwords to never expire and this can weaken your AD security.

You can set a custom password policy on your AWS account to specify complexity requirements and mandatory rotation periods for your IAM users' passwords. If you don't set a custom password policy, IAM user passwords must meet the default AWS password policy. For more information, see Custom password policy options.

When you create or change a password policy, most of the password policy settings are enforced the next time your users change their passwords. However, some of the settings are enforced immediately. For example:

When the minimum length and character type requirements change, these settings are enforced the next time that your users change their passwords. Users are not forced to change their existing passwords, even if the existing passwords do not adhere to the updated password policy.

We have an on prem DC and we are able to control password policies there for our users. We are trying to move to non expiring passwords and want to make sure users are at a minimum of 14 characters. So we set that for minimum length and then select user to force change at next logon. our users are all using Intune managed devices and when they logon they get a 15 second notification they must change passwords and then it goes away. Is there anyway to make that stay on?

The obvious answer is no. At least, not yet. Changing passwords can be disruptive and a reasonable amount of preparation is needed to ensure that everyone from individual users to the help desk is prepared.

Soon to expire password users report allows you to generate a report based on a number of days available for password expiry, I.e., passwords going to expire. With the help of a soon-to-expire password report, you can remind users to change their password by sending password expiry notification.

The audit option applies to the custom list of banned passwords. If set to Enforce, users will be prevented from setting banned passwords and the attempt will be blocked. If set to Audit, the attempt will only be logged.

Important note: If you have specific synchronized AD accounts, e.g., Service Accounts, that need non-expiring passwords in Azure AD, you must explicitly add the DisablePasswordExpiration value to the PasswordPolicies attribute.

This Office 365 tutorial explains, how to set up password expiration in office 365 and how to set password never expire in office 365 for a single user using PowerShell. Also, we saw how to set password to never expire in office 365 for all users in the organization.

Password spraying, where attackers try passwords to see if any of the users have the same password, is an effective technique. Checking user passwords against a list with commonly used words and already-compromised passwords and blocking them from using those passwords would improve account security tremendously. Microsoft already maintains a global banned password with over a million variations of the most frequently used passwords for all Azure customers. Organizations can customize the global list with Azure AD's Password Protection feature. Enterprises with on-premises Windows Server Active Directory can get the password protection feature by installing the appropriate agents.

If users authenticate in vCenter using their AD accounts, the domain password policy is applied for user passwords. A user will see a notification prompting them to change the password 30 days before it expires. So if your domain policy enforces password change once in 30 days, VMWare vCenter users constantly see an annoying warning Your password will expire.

An average person has 90+ accounts connected to their email address. All these services require strong passwords, so users have to come up with 90+ different passwords and after that, users have to remember them. Instead of that, most users pick one or two passwords and use them for all those services. Passwords from personal services are used for work, and visa versa.

To make sure that your users pick secure passwords, you can configure Azure AD Password Protection, which you can also extend to on-premises. Password protection detects and blocks known weak passwords and their variants.

Rather than depend on users tweaking passwords (and then writing them on a post-it note) companies should have a broader approach to authentication and security, it says. And it's not saying that we are not changing requirements for minimum password length, history, or complexity. Taking password expiry out of its baseline means that companies can make their own decisions without being penalised by auditors, the company said.

"Inevitably, users will devise their own coping mechanisms to cope with 'password overload'. This includes re-using the same password across different systems, using simple and predictable password creation strategies, or writing passwords down where they can be easily found," it warns.

Fortunately there is a middle ground (now) between the two options above. Azure AD Pass Through Authentication is a new service currently in preview which allows you to still sync your users to Azure AD with AAD Connect, but to not sync their passwords to Azure AD. Instead when a user authenticates they are passed through to on premises AD using a client application, to authenticate directly against your on premises infrastructure. The primary use for this service is for companies that cannot or will not store their user passwords in the cloud, even in hashed form, but one of the other benefits is that as with ADFS all of your account policies including expiry will be honoured. With this service you get the same benefits of ADFS in terms of account expiry, but without having to install all of the infrastructure. In fact there are really only two additional things to do when using this as opposed password sync:

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