When a user changes his password, it's typically sometime during the day. This means that a password expiration date set to last change + n days will result in the password expiring during the day. How can I force the passwords to expire at midnight of that day instead?
I don't believe that is possible without manually changing the
The value is stored in 100-nanosecond intervals since 12:00 am January 1, 1601. However, your only options to edit the attribute are to set it to
As mentioned in comments, you would need to set the value to
You could potentially write a script to update the attribute to
What is your goal in setting the password to expire at midnight?
Windows simply doesn't support the concept of a "password expiry time" that applies globally. You also cannot set the time, except to say it is expired now, or that it was just changed. However, what you could do is write a script using command-line AD tools or powershell that runs nightly: it can query AD for users with passwords due to expire in less than 24h (pwdLastSet is older than one day less than your password max age days), and set it to -1 (the password is expired). This would avoid extending password life unintentionally, and also avoid midday password expiration.
There are also third-party tools that can do this kind of thing for you. For instance, one feature of Hitachi ID Password Manager allows you to pop up a web browser in which the user must change their password or else be logged out, and you can set this to happen an arbitrary number of days in advance of the actual expiration.