VCF SDDC Manager – Reset ‘vcf’ User A/C Due To Failed Login Attemtps

For example; due to repeated failed login attempts via SSH/SCP the SDDC Manager ‘vcf’ user account may get locked out. The following provides steps on how to reset the account by accessing the SDDC Mgr VM Console (VMware Photon OS/Linux).


If this is the only account you have access to via SSH then you may need to open the VM console via ESXi/vCenter and login as root user.

Click on ‘Launch Web Console’:


Select ‘Web Console’ and click OK:


Hit return to enter the console and login as root:


Displaying the number of failed attempts:

pam_tally2 -u username


Reset the account:

pam_tally2 -u mystic –reset


Sucessfull login attempt by vcf via SSH:


Note: If you are prepared to wait the account should unlock after ~15 minutes.

cat /etc/pam.d/system-auth-local


Additional piece of info to check the current running OS Verison:

cat /etc/os-release


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