Thursday, September 18, 2014

Unlock locked accounts

These are my notes no unlocking user accounts, below I go over a few ways to get a user account back up and running. Such as changing the expiration date on an expired account and resetting the PAM Tally for a user.

In keeping with the space theme, I will be using earth as the server's hostname and man as the name of the user account.

This the most common way to unlock your account.
root@earth> passwd -u man

Change the expiration date of the user account
root@earth> usermod --expire 9999 man

This works on some systems
root@earth> ipa user-unlock man

This resets the account if all else fails.
root@earth> pam_tally --user=man --reset

From RHEL user-unlock command
SuperUser pam command