disable server minimum password requirements
If you are working with a Window Server (eg. Windows Server 2008) and do not wish to deal with the strict password rules like that it must be a certain length, must have special characters, etc. you can disable those requirements:
Open a command prompt
Type "secedit /export /cfg c:\temp.cfg" and hit enter (without the double quotes)
Edit c:\temp.cfg in your favorite ASCII editor (like Notepad)
Change the line "PasswordComplexity = 1" to "PasswordComplexity = 0"
Change "MinimumPasswordLength = 7" to a smaller value.
Save and close the file
Open up the command prompt again and type "secedit /configure /db %windir%\security\local.sdb /cfg c:\temp.cfg /areas SECURITYPOLICY"
Now the system will not force you to have passwords that must be complex.