Configure the plug-in to determine the basic standards all passwords must meet.


Log in to the service console and acquire root privileges.


Enter the following command.

esxcfg-auth --usepamqc=N0N1N2N3N4match

For example, you use the following command.

esxcfg-auth --usepamqc=disabled 18 -1 12 8

With this setting in effect, a user creating a password would never be able to set passwords that contain only one character class. The user needs to use at least 18 characters for a password with a two-character class, 12 characters for a three-character class password, and eight characters for four-character class passwords. Attempts to create passphrases are ignored.