How to change local UI login password on Symantec Protection Engine 7.9.x and 8.x


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Protection Engine for Cloud Services Protection Engine for NAS


 How to change login password for the local UI on Symantec Protection Engine (SPE) 7.9.x and 8.x


One of the following is installed:

  • SPE for Network Attached Storage (NAS) 8.x
  • SPE for Cloud Services (CS) 8.x
  • SPE-NAS 7.9.x
  • SPE-CS 7.9.x



Regardless of SPE version, if SPE on Windows is configured to use AD authentication for login, reset the password of the user account using Active Directory Users and Computers.



  1. Open CMD or PowerShell as administrator and change to SPE's install dir (change path as appropriate if you customized the installation directory)
    cd C:\Program Files\Symantec\Scan Engine\

  2. To use the xmlmodifier command to reset the password, type: 
    .\XMLModifier.exe -p <plain-text-password> configuration.xml

  3. Restart SPE
    net stop symcscan
    net start symcscan



# cd /opt/SYMCScan/bin

# export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/opt/SYMCScan/bin

# ./xmlmodifier -p <plain-text-password> configuration.xml

Note: You may see below message after the above command is executed. Please ignore it.

Warning: program complied against libxml 209 using older 207

# ./ restart



Additional Information

Wrong console?

If you want to reset the password for a username on the SPE centralized web console, then...

  1. Navigate to the web portal... 
  2. Click Need help signing in?
  3. Click Forgot password?
  4. In the "Login (Email):" field, type your email address.
  5. Solve the math problem
  6. Click Submit
  7. Wait for an email message with more instructions.


Service account?

For RPC protocol or ICAP/FILEMOD, specifying a service account in a Windows domain is needed. Resetting the password for any such account should occur in Active Directory Users and Computers.