Troubleshooting | Registry settings

Below you will find a list of the registry settings used by the components of Specops Password Policy. The settings can be changed using the Registry Editor.

Password Policy Sentinel

Registry keyDescription
HKLM\Software\Specopssoft\Specops
Password Policy\Filter\

Debug
Enables debug logging for the sentinel component.
[DWORD] Debug = 1
The default log path is:
%WINDIR%\Debug\SPP3FLT [LSASS].log
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\
Specopssoft\Specops Password Policy\SentinelService

DailyUserCountTime
This setting controls when the daily user counting is performed by the Sentinel. The daily user counting is only performed by the Sentinel on the PDC domain controller. Configuring this on any other domain controller will have no effect.


The value must be a string in the format HH:MM, where HH is the hour and the MM is the minutes, using a 24-hour format. For example, 11:00 for 11 o'clock in the morning (AM) and 23:15 for 15 past 11 at night (PM).

If this value is not configured, the user counting will be performed at 00:05 every night.

Administration Tools

Registry keyDescription
HKLM\Software\Specopssoft\Specops
Password Policy\Administration\

Debug
Enables debug logging for the GPMC snap-in and the Domain Administration tool.
[DWORD] Debug = 1
The default log paths are:
%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\SpecopsSoft\
SpecopsPasswordPolicy2GpmcSnapIn.log

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\SpecopsSoft\
SpecopsPasswordPolicyDomainAdministration.log

Password Client

For Client debug information, see: https://specopssoft.com/support-docs/client-debugging/

Specops Arbiter

Registry keyDescription
HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Specopssoft\Specops Password Policy\Blacklist\Arbiter\LoggingEnables debug logging for the Arbiter component.
[DWORD] Debug = 1
The default log path is: C:\Temp\SpecopsLogFiles

Sentinel Service

Registry keyDescription
HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Specopssoft\Specops Password Policy\Blacklist\Server\LoggingEnables debug logging for the Sentinel Service
[DWORD] Debug = 1
The default log path is: C:\Temp\SpecopsLogFiles