configure account

configure account [all | name]


Configures a password for the specified account, either user account or administrative account.

Syntax Description

all Specifies all accounts (and future users).
name Specifies an account name.



Usage Guidelines

You must create a user or administrative account before you can configure that account with a password.

Use the create account command to create a user account.

The system prompts you to specify a password after you enter this command. You must enter a password for this command; passwords cannot be null and cannot include the following characters: “<“, “>”, and “?”.



Once you issue this command, you cannot have a null password. However, if you want to have a null password (that is, no password on the specified account), use the create account command.

Passwords can have a minimum of 0 character and can have a maximum of 32 characters. Passwords are case-sensitive. User names are not case-sensitive.



If the account is configured to require a specific password format, the minimum is 8 characters. See configure account password-policy char-validation for more information.

You must have administrator privileges to change passwords for accounts other than your own.


The following example defines a new password green for the account marketing:

configure account marketing

The switch responds with a password prompt:

password: green

Your keystrokes will not be echoed as you enter the new password. After you enter the password, the switch will then prompt you to reenter it:

Reenter password: green

Assuming you enter it successfully a second time, the password is now changed.


This command was first available in ExtremeXOS 10.1.

Platform Availability

This command is available on ExtremeSwitching X435, X440-G2, X450-G2, X460-G2, X465, X590, X620, X670-G2, X690, X695, X870, 5320, 5420, and 5520 series switches.