we use universal password, assigned password policy.
gradually we assign containers to this policy
we have edir 8.8.2 client 4.94.4, nw 6.5 sp7

then we expire the passwords for certain container

user is represented with Novell change password box
when user tries to change we get following error

LOGIN-LGNWNT32.DLL ... error ffffc173 password could not be changed

any suggestions because knowledgebase gives no results.