I would like to know if there is any impact from changing QPWDLVL (Password
level) from 0 to 2. As a reference:
0 = User profile passwords with a length of 1-10 characters are supported.
2 = User profile passwords with a length of 1-128 characters are
Also, according to the security reference, when using QPWDLVL=0, the rules
for specifying passwords are the same as those used for user profile names.
Because our network passwords are required to use special characters, it
would be nice if I could use the same password for the network and our
AS/400s. But I find that I am unable to use most special characters on my
So, if I make a suggestion to the sysadmins to change the QPWDLVL to 2, I
would like to be able to tell them that there is no impact for doing so.
I.e., users will not have to change their existing passwords, and the other
password-related system values still apply, and when users passwords expire,
they will be able to enter any password they would otherwise have been able
to when QPWDLVL=0. The *only* difference is that users *may* begin using
special characters in their passwords.
Hmmm, users would also need to remember that the passwords would be
case-sensitive. But they need to do that now with their network passwords,
so that shouldn't be a big issue.
Am I on the right track with this thinking?
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