"Associated users password is expired" error when logging in to the vSphere Web Client
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"Associated users password is expired" error when logging in to the vSphere Web Client


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VMware vCenter Server


Increasing the MAX_LIFE_SEC column in the dbo.IMS_AUTHN_PASSWORD_POLICY table resolves the issue.

  • Logging in to the vSphere Web Client using admin@system-domain fails with the error:

    associated users password is expired

  • The C:\Program Files\VMware\Infrastructure\SSOServer\ssolscli\ssopass command fails.
  • You see a certificate error similar to:


  • Installing the vSphere Web Client after the SSO user account for admin@system-domain has expired fails with the error:

The provided credentials are not valid. Please check VM_ssoreg.log in system temporary folder for details


VMware vCenter Server 5.1.x


This issue occurs when the Admin@system-domain password has expired; the default is 365 days.


To resolve this issue, increase the MAX_LIFE_SEC column in the dbo.IMS_AUTHN_PASSWORD_POLICY table.
To increase the MAX_LIFE_SEC column:
  1. Stop the vCenter Single Sign-on service (SSO).
  2. Log in to SQL Management Studio.
  3. Go to the RSA database.
  4. Expand Tables and highlight the dbo.IMS_AUTHN_PASSWORD_POLICY table.
  5. Right-click and select Edit Top 200 Rows.
  6. Scroll over to the MAX_LIFE_SEC column. The default setting is 31536000 seconds (365 days).

    Note: Select the policy that contains Password Policy for SSO system users within the NOTES field.

  7. Increase this value (for example: 47304000 seconds = 546.5 days, 63072000 seconds = 730 days, 90000000 seconds = 1041days).
  8. Restart the vCenter Single Sign-on service.
  9. Log in to the vSphere Web Client to vCenter Server with admin@system-domain:default URL:


  10. Navigate to Administration > Configuration.
  11. Click the Policies tab.
  12. Click Edit.
  13. Change maximum lifetime to 0 (never expire) or enter the approximate number of days corresponding to the value you set in the database, MAX_LIFE_SEC field above.
  14. Save your changes and exit the edit.

Note: Instead of steps 6 and 7, you can scroll to the column named PERIODIC_EXPIRE, and set that value to 0. This prevents password expiration. You should only do this if your security policy allows non-expiring passwords.

Note: An alternative method can be found at Resetting an expired password in vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO) (2035864).

Additional Information

Note: There are 86400 seconds in a day. You can multiply this times the number of days you want to get the number of seconds to enter into the RSA DB.

Note: The number of seconds/days entered must be greater than the number of seconds/days elapsed since the installation. You may have to use values corresponding to 2 or 3 years or more. Remember to add the number of days you wish the login to be good for:
  • Number of days since installation + number of days the login should remain good = Number of days to enter in Administration > Configuration > Policies tab > Edit > maximum lifetime (Step 13)
  • Number of days to enter * 86400 = number of seconds to enter in the MAX_LIFE_SEC column (Step 7)

Note: For more information on resetting the SSO password, see Unlocking and resetting the vCenter Single Sign-On administrator password (2034608).

Resetting the vCenter SSO administrator password
Resetting an expired password in vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO)
Understanding vCenter Single Sign-On (SSO) command line options
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