From Fermilab Today, February 1, 2010
If you have a local account on your Windows computer, you or your system administrator might need to reset its password.
Starting today, system administrators will begin receiving alerts about local accounts with passwords that need updating. If your system administrator contacts you, please work with him or her to either change the password or disable the account, if it is no longer needed.
These passwords must be changed to ensure they comply with the laboratory’s password policies. A strong password contains at least 10 characters, including letters, symbols and numbers.
Local accounts are set up to manage or use a computer without connecting to the Fermi domain over the network.
If you want to check whether you are using a local account, you can lock your computer screen by pressing the Control, Alt and Delete keys. If you are using an account on the Fermi domain – not a local account – you will see "FERMI\" before your username on the screen that appears when you unlock your computer by pressing Control, Alt and Delete again.
On Feb. 22, the Service Desk will begin disabling any local accounts that still need to be reset.
If you have any questions, please ask your system administrator or contact the Service Desk at x2345.