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About IRIS Paswords

Currently, there are two passwords you must set in order to use the various IRIS services (in the future we hope to offer a single-sign on). These passwords include:

To set your initial passwords or for help in resetting a forgotten password, please bring a picture ID to the Helpdesk. Consult the Password Policies and Guidelines page for more information about IRIS password types and requirements.

Our Unix NIS domain uses crypt; only the first 8 characters of the Unix password are significant. Keep this in mind when setting a strong password for your Unix account.

Some research groups run their own NIS domains, which may require that you set additional passwords. Contact your group's system administrator(s) for more information or to set such passwords.

Changing Your Windows Password

Changing Your Windows Password from a Machine in the EECS Domain

  1. Press the control, alt, and delete keys simultaneously.
  2. Click Change Password.
  3. Enter your current password in the Old Password field. Enter your new password in the New Password and Confirm New Password fields.
  4. Press Enter. You will see a confirmation message if your new password meets the minimum complexity requirements. Otherwise, try again.

Changing Your Windows Password from Off-Campus

  1. Open Remote Desktop Connection, which is installed by default with most Windows systems.
  2. Connect to winterm.eecs.berkeley.edu.
  3. From winterm, go to Start -> Windows Security -> Change a password...
  4. Proceed as outlined above.

Changing Your Unix Password

  1. Use SSH to connect to passwd.eecs.berkeley.edu.
  2. When it asks “change your password?”, enter y and press enter.
  3. Enter your old password.
  4. Enter your new password and then confirm by entering it again.
  5. Your password has been changed!

If you have trouble, the Helpdesk can help you change your Windows/LDAP or UNIX password.

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