Office 365 - Password requirements for Office 365 Service Accounts

The following document outlines the password requirements for Office 365 service accounts.

Important: Only domain administrators can modify service account passwords. If you do not know who your domain administrator is, contact the DoIT Help Desk.

Password Requirements

Choosing a strong password is an important part of protecting your access to University information technology resources.

The UW-Madison campus has a formal Password Policy that requires you to create NetID and other passwords using the following criteria:

Passwords chosen must:

  • Be a minimum of eight (8) characters in length
  • Be memorized; if a password is written down it must be secure
  • Contain at least one (1) character from three (3) of the following categories:
    • Uppercase letter (A-Z)
    • Lowercase letter (a-z)
    • Digit (0-9)
    • Special character (~`!@#$%^&*()+=_-{}[]\|:;”’?/<>,.)
  • Be private

Passwords Chosen must not:

  • Contain a common proper name, login ID, email address, initials, first, middle or last name

It is strongly recommended that:

  • Passwords are changed twice per year (e.g., when clocks are adjusted in the spring and fall)
  • Each password chosen is new and different



Keywords:microsoft office365 o365 service accounts email passwords reset resetting changing enable web login wisc account administration site required   Doc ID:44994
Owner:Ara M.Group:Office 365
Created:2014-11-14 14:31 CDTUpdated:2016-01-15 15:50 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Tech Store, Office 365, Wisc Account Admin
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