Network Passwords

If you need to change your password and are already enrolled in Self Service Password then click on the following link: http://www.vmi.edu/ssp 


 

Passwords should be maintained by using the Self Service Password package; read the document Registering in Self Service Password for details. Faculty and Staff not enrolled in Self Service Password who require password assistance must report to the Help Desk located in 315 Nichols Engineering with a photo ID.  Cadets not enrolled in Self Service Password who require password assistance must report to the Barracks Help Desk located in Room C-11B with a photo ID.

If you have not previously enrolled or are off Post:

  1. Report to the Help Desk located at 315 Nichols Engineering and bring your photo identification.
  2. Mail a photocopy of your driver's license, your present complete mailing address, your phone #, your UserID, 3 choices for the new password (make sure they are valid and you have not used them before), and your signature. If any information is not included the password will not be changed. You will be contacted by telephone when a password has been determined.

    Send the above information to:

    Laurin Hanger
    Information Technology Help Desk
    315 Nichols Engineering
    Virginia Military Institute
    Lexington, VA 24450

     
  3. Fax a photocopy of your driver's license, your present complete mailing address, your phone #, your UserID, 3 choices for the new password (make sure they are valid and you have not used them before), and your signature. If any information is not included the password will not be changed. Fax information to 540-464-7222, Attention Laurin Hanger.
  4. Email a copy of your driver's license, your present complete mailing address, your phone #, your UserID, 3 choices for the new password (make sure they are valid and you have not used them before), and your signature. If any information is not included the password will not be changed. Email the information to Help@vmi.edu.

These methods are the only alternatives available. Do not call the IT office to request a password change unless you are experiencing a problem with SSP. The Help Desk will answer questions over the phone, but your password cannot be changed without the proper verification/documentation.

Password Requirements

Criteria

Account Type:
Domain/Network, Colleague & Post View

Password expires in:

90 days

Password changes:

immediately

Minimum password length:

8 characters

Maximum password length:

126 characters (56 viewable)

Password remembered for:

 24 passwords

Password change allowed:

 once every 24 hours

Forced mixed case: 

 yes

Allow user ID in password:

 no

Allow palindromes (e.g. Anna, radar):

 no

Allow any part of user's full name:

 no

Must contain a number:

 yes

Must contain special characters:

 no

Allow a number at the beginning or end:

 no

Allow words that appear in the filter word dictionaries:

 no

Filter word dictionaries: Any word found in any dictionary listed on the right

 no

Allow words that appear in the custom word list:

 N/A

Self Serviceable

 yes 

Any VMI faculty, staff, or cadet requiring the VMI Help Desk to reset their domain/network, Colleague, or Post View password, must physically present themselves at the VMI Help Desk with a photo ID.

 

Password Descriptions

Mixed Case -  You must use both upper/lower case letters and numbers. Complex passwords are case sensitive and should always contain mixed case letters and numbers.

Filter Word Dictionary - You can not contain any real English, French, Spanish, German, or Italian word, including names and other proper nouns, that is four characters in length or longer. For example, "oFoui3&me" would be okay as a password, but "guten3$helLo" would not.

Custom Word List

VMI Military Acronyms Filter Word Dictionary

Acronym

Description

Cadet

VMI Student

Corps

Corps of Cadets

Hokie

Student at VA Tech

Mink

Student at W&L

Post

VMI Campus

ROTC

Reserve Officer Training Corps

VWIL

Virginia Women's Institute of Leadership

D&Ja2cm!

Example used in Tips for Creating Password

!10Cb=1Vc

Example used in Tips for Creating Password

Fs&7ya,

Example used in Tips for Creating Password

Ftr,n1sg

Example used in Tips for Creating Password

m2ndGOi:

Example used in Tips for Creating Password

t*f+8iS

Example used in Tips for Creating Password

 

  1. Don't use any actual word or name in ANY language.
  2. Don't use consecutive letters or numbers like "abcdefg" or "1234567".
  3. Combine first letters from a phrase.  Lines from poems or songs often work well.  Examples:
    Four score and seven years ago                                  4x&7Ya
    December & January are two cold months!                   D&Ja2cm!
    !Ten citadel boys equals one VMI Cadet                       !10cb=1Vc
    For the record, not one slacker graduates                     Ftr,n1sg
    my second General Order is:                                       m2ndGOi:
    two times four + eight is Sixteen                                  t*4+8iS
    (These examples may not be used as your password)
     
  4. Remove vowels and consonants from words.  Take a short phrase and take out all the vowels or consonants.  You will need to add numbers and non-alphabetic characters to get a good password.
  5. Link small words.  By adding a number of non-alphabetic character and mixing capital and lower case letters, you can create a password that is fairly easy to remember.
  6. Create pseudo words.  Link one or two consonants followed by one or two vowels and repeat the pattern.   The idea is to come up with a "word" that sticks with you but that does not appear in any dictionary.  You will need to add numbers and non-alphabetic characters to get a good password.
  7. Choose random characters by feel.  Those who can type very well can frequently choose a password based on a sequence of keystrokes that feel natural.  These passwords are usually very secure, but can be very hard to remember.
  8. Passwords based on personal information that another person could reasonably learn are not good.  Do not use all, part, or combinations of your: birthdate, name, hometown, nickname, pets name, social security number, phone number, or address.
  9. Change all account passwords at the same time.