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VMware ESXi 4.x: meaning of “Create User: User name or password has an invalid format” error

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/08/09

Sometimes when you add a new user to your ESXi 4.x installation, you get this error message (click for the full size picture):Create User: User name or password has an invalid format

Create User:  User name or password has an invalid format

Until now, only a few russian pages described the cause:
Without console login (or SSH  – see my blog tomorrow), you cannot see the obvious reason for this message:

Your password does not adhere to the ESXi 4.x password policy, which is more strict than the ESX/ESXi 3.x policy.

vm-help.com has a nice page describing the ESXi 4.x password policy, and how to alter it.

–jeroen

2 Responses to “VMware ESXi 4.x: meaning of “Create User: User name or password has an invalid format” error”

  1. Dennis said

    I got that error. I changed my DNS server to point to a local DNS server and it fixed the problem.

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