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Kerberos/Ann Arbor Password – Usage, Restrictions, and How to Change it.

The Kerberos password is the password that is used mainly for programs put forth by the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor.  Kerberos has many requirements about what it can or cannot be.

Kerberos is used for

  • Mirlyn (Library Catalog)
  • Viewing pay stubs online (for employees only)
  • Accessing and editing your U-M Online Directory entry
  • PEERS
  • Other resources available on UM-Ann Arbor websites

Kerberos Restrictions

  1. It must be at least nine characters long*
  2. It cannot contain three letters forwards or backwards from your name or uniqname
  3. It cannot contain repeating numbers (i.e. 333) or sequences (i.e. 123)
  4. It doesn’t like most dictionary words **

*It seems that the longer the password it is, the easier it is to set
** The easiest way to remedy this is to switch numbers for letters (i.e. instead of using ‘tree’ use ‘tr3e’) . Please see related articles for common number-letter switches

Option 1: Change Password through Ann Arbor’s site:

This works if you know you current password

  1. Open Internet Explorer.  In the address bar type: https://weblogin.umich.edu/ and press Enter.
  2. At the prompt enter your uniqname and current Kerberos password and then click the Log In button.

Type your current Ann Arbor password – (it is case-sensitive)

  1. Click the link Change Your UMICH Password.
  2. In the Current Password field, enter your current Kerberos password.
  3. In the New Password field, enter a new password. and press the <tab> key.
  4. Retype the new password in the Retype New Password field and press the <tab> key.
  5. Click Submit. If you enter an acceptable new password the same twice, the password will be changed.
  6. Once you have successfully changed your password, you will be asked leave a hint to help you remember your password and to select a challenge option. Enter your hint and your challenge question and answer and click Save and Continue.
  7. After you have successfully completed this, click Logout.

 

Option 2: Change Password through SIS (Students and Faculty Only)

This works for if you don’t currently know your Kerberos Password.

  1. Login to SIS, click on Personal Information.
  2. Click My Campus Computer Account.
  3. Click on Change Ann Arbor (Kerberos) Password.
  4. Click Create Temporary Password
  5. Write down or the password provided including all special characters at the beginning or end of the password.
  6. Click on Ann Arbor’s Password Change Page.
  7. At the prompt enter your uniqname and current Kerberos password (the new one that you just generated) and then click the Log In button.

Type your current Ann Arbor password – it is case-sensitive

  1. Click the link Change Your UMICH Password.
  2. In the Current Password field, enter your current Kerberos password (the one you created and wrote down or copy and pasted).
  3. In the New Password field, enter a new password. and press the <tab> key.
  4. Retype the new password in the Retype New Password field and press the <tab> key.
  5. Click Submit. If you enter an acceptable new password the same twice, the password will be changed.
  6. Once you have successfully changed your password, you will be asked leave a hint to help you remember your password and to select a challenge option. Enter your hint and your challenge question and answer and click Save and Continue.
  7. After you have successfully completed this, click Logout.

Option 3: Contact the ITS Helpdesk for Assistance

This works for if you don’t currently know your Kerberos Password.

  • Call the Helpdesk at 810-762-3123 or visit them in person in 206 MSB
  • The Helpdesk will be required to verify ID before changing any password.  Please be prepared to show photo ID in person or answer a series of questions for phone verification.

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