SME Server Password Issues

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SME Server Password Issues

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Server-Manager Password Management

You can install an add-on to manage password policies:

yum --enablerepo=smecontribs install smeserver-password

Changing Your Network and Windows Password

There are two simple methods to change your network password.

The easiest way is to just hit ctrl-alt-del within a logged in session. Then click 'Change Password'.

You can also use a web browser for a simple web page. Enter a URL like this:


Remember, you must use a strong password. It must contain uppercase, lowercase, numeric and symbol characters. It also must have at least 7 characters. It is strongly advisable to start your new password with a number or symbol character.

Outside attackers are getting better all the time at breaking passwords and it is no longer sufficient to have simple passwords. Yes, we know it's a pain, but it's important.

Configure Password Strength

SME 7 has a configuration option for password strength requirements. The default setting requires strong passwords for all three password categories:

  • Admin
  • Information Bays
  • Users

To check the current settings for password strength requirements, (as root) enter:

/sbin/e-smith/db configuration show passwordstrength

To set the password strength level desired, enter:

/sbin/e-smith/db configuration setprop passwordstrength Users strong

This example turns off password strength requirements for users.

Choose between:

  • strong
  • normal
  • none
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 April 2011 10:54