configure account password-policy history

configure account [all | name] password-policy history [num_passwords | none]


Configures the switch to verify the specified number of previous passwords for the account. The user is prevented from changing the password on a user or administrative account to any of these previously saved passwords.

Syntax Description

all Specifies all accounts (and future users).
name Specifies an account name.
num_passwords Specifies the number of previous passwords the system verifies for each account. The range is 1 to 10 passwords.
none Resets the system to not remember any previous passwords.



Usage Guidelines

Use this command to instruct the system to verify new passwords against a list of all previously used passwords, once an account successfully changes a password.

The limit is the number of previous passwords that the system checks against in the record to verify the new password.

If this parameter is configured, the system returns an error message if a user attempts to change the password to one that is saved by the system (up to the configured limit) for that account; this applies to both user and administrative accounts. This also applies to a configured password on the default admin account on the switch.

The limit of previous passwords that the system checks for previous use is configurable from 1 to 10. Using the none option disables previous password tracking and returns the system to the default state of no record of previous passwords.


The following command instructs the system to verify that the new password has not been used as a password in the previous 5 passwords for the account engineering:

configure account engineering password-policy history 5


This command was first available in ExtremeXOS 11.2.

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.