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How to change the password

The password must be changed at 730-day intervals, and it can be changed by using an Aalto computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) or at password.aalto.fi.

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A password for Aalto University must be changed at 730-day intervals, and it can be changed by using an Aalto computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux) or at password.aalto.fi.

You can change the password only once in 24 hours.

If you change your password on your Aalto computer outside the Aalto network, you should connect with Aalto VPN.

Windows workstation

Change a password

1. Log in to a Windows computer.

2. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

3. Select Change a password...

Confirm password

4. Write your old Aalto password at item Old password and the new password at item New password. Confirm the new password by typing it again at item Confirm password.

5. Click the arrow (->) or press Enter.

6. Your password has now been changed. If your new password does not fulfil the security requirement, the system will ask you to select a new password.

vdi.aalto.fi Windows workstation

You can also use Aalto Virtual Windows workstation to change your password.

You will need to have the Aalto MFA activated on your phone in order to do this.

MFA instructions

VDI instructions

1. Go to vdi.aalto.fi

2. Choose VMware Horizon HTML Access and login to the system with your current password.

3. After you've logged in to the system, choose the Windows 10 computer and double-click on the icon in order to access the computer.

4. When logged in to the computer, click on the grey tab located at the left side of the screen.

5. When the menu has been expanded, click on the icon at the left of the top row.

vdi_Send+CTRL+ALT+DELETE

 

6. After this you will receive Windows screen where the Change your password is available, click on that and type your current password once and new password twice and confirm the change. After this your Aalto password has been changed.

7. Remember to sign out from the computer, and log out from VDI (instructed in the above mentioned VDI instructions).

Mac workstation

  1. First connect the Mac to Aalto’s network.
  2. Click the apple symbol in the top left corner of the screen. Select System Preferences, then Users & Groups, and after that Change Password.
  3. The new password is also updated as the password for the Keychain. If the password is changed from an external source (such as password.aalto.fi), it must be specifically updated for the Aalto-Mac’s keychain also.

Linux workstation

1. Log in to a Linux computer.

2. Start xterm or a similar terminal. If you use the Gnome desk environment, click on the desk with the right mouse button and select Open in Terminal.

3. Type passwd in the terminal window and press Enter.

4. Enter your old Aalto password when asked, and press Enter. Please note that the password is not shown on the display.

5. Type the new Aalto password you have selected twice.

6. Your password has now been changed. If your new password does not fulfil the security requirement, the system will ask you to select a new password.

Related instructions

Resetting the password, and a forgotten password

Your password requires resetting if you have not changed your password by the deadline. The password is valid for 730 days, after which it must be changed or your user ID will be automatically locked.

Changing a password

Passwords for Aalto’s usernames can be changed independently with Aalto Workstation and in password.aalto.fi -portal.

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