You can change the user ID, user name, password, and group settings for a user. You can also grant a user shell access.

Review the password requirements as described in Password Requirements.


Log in to ESXi using the vSphere Client.


Click the Local Users & Groups tab and click Users.


Right-click the user and click Edit to open the Edit User dialog box.


To change the user ID, enter a numeric user UID in the UID text box.

The vSphere Client assigns the UID when you first create the user. In most cases, you do not have to change this assignment.


Enter a new user name.


To change the user’s password, select Change Password and enter the new password.

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.


To change the user’s ability to access ESXi through a command shell, select or deselect Grant shell access to this user.


To be granted shell access, users must also have an Administrator role for an inventory object on the host.

In general, do not grant shell access unless the user has a justifiable need. Users that access the host only through the vSphere Client do not need shell access.


To add the user to a group, select the group name from the Group drop-down menu and click Add.


To remove the user from a group, select the group name from the Group membership box and click Remove.


Click OK.