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VMS Pathworks and complex password

 
Eric Sabo_1
Regular Advisor

VMS Pathworks and complex password

We have a VMS pathworks server in our environment that has file shares on it (member server on a windows domain). Does pathworks have any problems with handling complex passwords or any length of passwords? At this time I don't have the version information to our pathworks server. We did have to enable "Allow cryptography algorithms compatible with Windows NT 4.0" in group policy to get the server to work in our environment, can I assume it uses that cryptography algoritms?

Thanks in advance
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Hans Hosang
Frequent Advisor

Re: VMS Pathworks and complex password

Eric,

Advanced Server and Pathworks just pass the password info to the DC for validation.
Since they are a member server they don't store anything and thus they have no influence or limitations in this area.
As you indicated you do have to enable the NT 4.0 cryptography policy.

Hans Hosang
OpenVMS -Windows - UNIX integration
Eric Sabo_1
Regular Advisor

Re: VMS Pathworks and complex password

Hans,

Thanks for the feedback, do we have to worry about any length limitations in the password we are going to require a minimum length of 8 characters. I did find out we are running the following version of pathworks v7.3-140A. We was not sure if VMS pathworks is able to pass special characters. Do you have any offical HP URLs on this subject?
Hans Hosang
Frequent Advisor

Re: VMS Pathworks and complex password

Hi Eric,
Please DO worry but not about your passwords.
From the fact that you had to set that NT 4.0 cryptographic policy I read that you have a quite modern version of Windows on your DCs.
Version 7.3A eco4 (V7.3-140A) is not going to work properly in that environment for long.

Please make sure that you have the latest version of Advanced Server asap.
At this moment that is V7.3B-eco1 (V7.3-210B).

Please find this release on the following HP site:
http://www11.itrc.hp.com/service/patch/patchDetail.do?sel={openvms%3Aalpha%3A7.3-2%2C}&BC=main|search|&patchid=ADVANCSERV-V0703-B1&admit=109447626+1304508454249+28353475

There you also have the complete releasenotes for this version.

I hope this helps you further.
Hans Hosang.
OpenVMS -Windows - UNIX integration
Andy Bustamante
Honored Contributor

Re: VMS Pathworks and complex password

Another option migration to CIFS/Samba. See http://h71000.www7.hp.com/network/cifs_for_samba.html for HP's OpenVMS version.
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