MDGP 2018 R2 Feature of the Day: Password Expiration Notification

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series Feature of the Day posts for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 on which I am following and adding commentary. The series index for this series of posts is here.

The twelfth Feature of the Day is a password expiration notification.

This feature is a new notification reminding you that your password will expire in 7 days and prompting you to change it:

Password will expire in 7 days. Do you want to change it now?

I’d be a lot happier if the number of days is configurable as a reminder and reset prompt starting 7 days before expiry is too early a reminder. I have a few clients who have a password policy of the password expiring and needing to be reset every 30 days.

All a prompt 7 days before does is encourage users to change their password when first prompted; this means they change their passwords every three weeks. This massively contributes to password fatigue, leading to the users writing down their password on a post-it note as they don’t, or won’t, remember the password.

A very laudable addition, much beloved by people who write password policies, but, in my experience, the reality on the ground is that this type of policy and early reminder causes more problems than it solves.

Perhaps people would like to share their experience/perspective below? (Due to massive amounts of spam, comments need to be approved before they appear).

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MDGP 2018 R2 Feature of the Day: Increase Dynamics GP Password Maximum Length

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series Feature of the Day posts for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 on which I am following and adding commentary. The series index for this series of posts is here.

The eleventh Feature of the Day is increase Dynamics GP password maximum length.

This feature see the maximum length of the password usable with Dynamics GP increased from 15 to 21 characters.

Microsoft say that the length of the password in SQL is 21 and this has been matched that so now the maximum password length is the same for Dynamics GP.

User Password Setup

I’m not sure where in SQL the length is 21, as in Dynamics GP 2018 RTM, the password length on Users Master (SY01400) is 15 keyable characters; SQL Server supports password lengths of 128 characters.

While 21 characters is an improvement over 15, it would have been nice to see even longer passwords supported.

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