vCenter – VMware Appliance Management ‘User password expired’


After 90 days, the password for the 5480 port expires and you need to change it.

To do this, we will need console access to the VCSA.

Authenticate using the expired root password at the VM prompt, and choose Troubleshooting Mode Options:

Enable SSH

Use a SSH session to authenticate with the vCenter

Once authenticated, do:


If running this command

chage -l root

Gives you this output, a password change is needed




passwd root

And change the password.

Disable SSH again if needed.

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