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Password Requirements in Secret Server

Written by Thycotic Team

June 28th, 2013

An important part of account security is choosing a strong password to be used to protect the account. The biggest challenge for most users is designing a strong password – one that contains at least eight characters consisting of a mix of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. It can be tedious and time consuming for an administrator whose task it is to design and manage passwords for a large a number and variety of accounts. In most all cases, each of these accounts will have their own password requirements including minimum and maximum character length along with their own set of illegal characters.

Password Generator

Secret Server solves the problem of creating strong, complex passwords with its Password Generator. This feature will generate passwords containing a random assortment of characters to be used for any account, and may be used in conjunction with Remote Password Changing.

Password Requirements

Secret Server’s Password Generator creates passwords in compliance with Password Requirements that are assigned at the Secret Template level. You can view the Password Requirements that are already available to you by going to Administration>Secret Templates and clicking “Password Requirements”. Note the Default Password Requirement – this is used for new Secret Templates by default and may be edited. To create a new set of Password Requirements, click “Create New.”

On this page, you can set the following parameters:

  • Password length
  • Types of characters required (Character Sets)
  • Minimum number of each character type required
  • Minimum frequency that each character type may appear

Password Requirements use Character Sets to group characters that may be required or excluded from requirements.

Character Sets

Character Sets may also be edited at any time and customized based on the requirements of the account type you plan to generate passwords for. You can create, view or edit Character Sets by clicking “Character Sets” on the Secret Templates page.

Below is a sample Password Requirement that we created for Local Windows Accounts:



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