The specified sa password does not meet strong password requirements

Problem

When entering the sa password while installing SQL Server you get the following error: “The specified sa password does not meet strong password requirements.

Solution

If the computer is on a domain

  1. Go to Administrative Tools / Domain Security Policy :: Security Settings | Account Policies | Password Policy
  2. Set “Minimum password length” = Not Defined
  3. Set “Password must meet complexity requirements” = Not Defined

Not on a domain

  1. Go to Administrative Tools / Local Security Policy :: Security Settings | Account Policies | Password Policy
  2. Set “Minimum password length” = 0
  3. Set “Password must meet complexity requirements” = Disable

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