Rather than a user automatically inheriting the default password policy, you can assign a user to a particular password policy by including the ds-pwp-password-policy-dn operational attribute in that user’s entry with a value equal to the distinguished name (DN) of the desired password policy for that user. This operational attribute is explicitly included in a user’s entry, or generated by a virtual attribute, which makes it easy to apply a custom password policy to a set of users based on a flexible set of criteria.

  1. Create an LDIF file that adds the ds-pwp-password-policy-dn attribute with the password policy DN you want to assign to that user.

    This example creates the file assign.ldif with the following contents.

    dn: uid=user.1,ou=People,dc=example,dc=com
    changetype: modify
    add: ds-pwp-password-policy-dn
    ds-pwp-password-policy-dn: cn=Demo Password Policy,cn=Password Policies,cn=config
  2. To apply the modification to the user's entry, run ldapmodify.
    For this example, the file used is assign.ldif.
    $ bin/ldapmodify --filename assign.ldif