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Don't Accept Defaults


Don't Accept Defaults

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I thought the title "Don't Accept Defaults" might be about life in general, or in a business/corporate setting.

Either way, it's good advice. :-)
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I agree with not accepting defaults. But if you set a rule against a default -- make it consistent.

My SW company was sold to a different parent company last October. I'm the DBA that is responsible for 99% of the export and conversion to the new SW.

So far, I have had to create a new password for for the AD login to the employee website and email. It has a level of obscurity such as uppercase and length.

Then about a week ago I had to have a login to another AD with different consistency for password strength.

Then today I was forced into another password strength in another system, with a different user id.

I don't use any of the systems, other than the e-mail, to retain any of them over the long-term.

So really my only option is to write or otherwise store, in clear text, my login information.

Where if all systems had a connection, or the same standard, then it wouldn't be a problem. Even worse, one ID is set to never change. One has a 60 day life cycle. The newest one I have no clue.



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Thanks for restating this.

I remember one time looking at the installations of SQL Server on developer workstations back in the days where there was a default user and password. As the person in this organization changed with enforcing data security, I was able to log into over half the installations as SA with the default user/password pair and review everting in their local development environment. I was surprised and amazed. I also circulated word to the owners of those installations that they needed to change from the default.

What we do without thinking!

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