Many admins have already been hit by very strict password complexity requirements of new vSphere Management Assistant 5.0. Having a strict password policy is a good thing to some degree but in vMA 5.0 it goes well above and beyond of just annoying.
Fortunately there is a fix so you can get rid of this nuisance. Before you follow instructions below, please make sure that by doing so you do not violate your company security policy.
- Set valid password for vi-admin, for example Qazx123!# should do
- Login to vMA shell as vi-admin
- Elevate session as root with “sudo –s”
- Run “pam-config –d –-cracklib”, note double dashes on front of cracklib
- Exit root shell with “exit”
- Change vi-admin password with “passwd” to your liking
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.