Adding a user to the users table updates the internal user list that the host maintains.


  • Open a vSphere Client session to an ESXi host.
  • Review the password requirements as described in the vSphere Security publication.


  1. Log in to ESXi using the vSphere Client.

    You cannot create ESXi users with the vSphere Web Client. You must directly log into the host with the vSphere Client to create ESXi users.

  2. Click Users.
  3. Right-click anywhere in the Users table and click Add.
  4. Enter a login, a user name, and a password.
    Note: Do not create a user named ALL. Privileges associated with the name ALL might not be available to all users in some situations. For example, if a user named ALL has Administrator privileges, a user with ReadOnly privileges might be able to log in to the host remotely. This is not the intended behavior.
    • Specifying the user name is optional.
    • Create a password that meets the length and complexity requirements. The host checks for password compliance using the default authentication plug-in, If the password is not compliant, the following error appears: A general system error occurred: passwd: Authentication token manipulation error.

  5. Click OK.