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

8 thoughts on “The specified sa password does not meet strong password requirements”

  1. Computer is on a domain, “Minimum password length” “Password must meet complexity requirements” are actually enable and managed by SysAdmin… now what to do?

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    • It sounds like you don’t have the proper admin rights to deal with this yourself, so you’ll need to ask the sysadmin for help.

      If this is just a dev box, they might be ok with excluding this box from using the password policy, or they might want to unjoin it from the domain to simplify things. It really depends on your situation though.

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