You can change the password for the admin user account for an NSX appliance.


  • Verify that the new password meets the corporate requirements for password complexity of your organization.

  • Change the admin user account and Privileged mode passwords after initial log-in, to harden access to the CLI of an NSX virtual appliance.


  1. Log in to the vSphere Web Client and select an NSX virtual appliance from the inventory.
  2. To open a CLI session, select the Console tab.
  3. Log in to the CLI and switch to Privileged mode by running the command:
    manager> enable
  4. Switch to Configuration mode by running the command:

    manager# configure terminal

  5. Change the admin account password by running the command:

    manager(config)# cli password PASSWORD

  6. Save the configuration:
    manager(config)# write memory
    Building Configuration...
    Configuration saved.