Sunday, October 7, 2012

Password issue with the initial configuration of a VMware VMA appliance

VMware has a pre-built appliance named VMA (VMware Management Assistant) that offers an alternative to the VCLI offering.  During the initial configuration of version 5.1 of VMA, a password must be set.  But regardless of the complexity of the value, an error would be returned stating the password was too simple.  The following value was accepted as the initial password during setup:

Qazx123!#

To disable the complex password requirement, use the following procedure.

1.  Log in as vi-admin and use the sudo –s command.

2.  Use the command pam-config –d –cracklib.

3.  Use the exit command.

4.  Use the passwd command to enter a new value.

vma_password_parameter

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