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How to modify the default expiry time for the vpxuser account (1016736)

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This article provides steps to modify the password of the vpxuser account. 


vCenter Server creates the vpxuser account on each ESX/ESXi host that it manages. The password for each vpxuser account is auto-generated when an ESX/ESXi host is added. The password is updated by default every 30 days.
To modify default password settings:
  1. Connect vSphere Client to vCenter Server.
  2. Click Administration > vCenter Server Settings > Advanced Settings.
  3. Scroll to the parameter  VirtualCenter.VimPasswordExpirationInDays and change the value from the default.

    • For security reasons, VMware does not recommend increasing the value.
    • In the /var/log/hostd file you will see the entry:

      Password was changed for account vpxuser on host

  4. Restart the VMware VirtualCenter Server service. For more information, see Stopping, starting, or restarting VMware vCenter Server services (1003895).

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