05. December 2013 · Comments Off on Fix vMA 5.0 password complexity issue · Categories: VMWARE · Tags: ,



  1. Set valid password for vi-admin, for example F0t56otk!# should do
  2. Login to vMA shell as vi-admin
  3. Elevate session as root with “sudo –s”
  4. Run “pam-config –d –-cracklib” (note double dashes on front of cracklib)
  5. Exit root shell with “exit”
  6. Change vi-admin password with “passwd” to any password you’d like

Above pam-config command disables cracklib in vMA PAM (pluggable authentication module) configuration, cracklib is a PAM library which is used to enforce Linux, and it this case vMA account password strength.