Polaris: How do I reset my Polaris password?

You will be prompted to change expired Polaris passwords as soon as you log in. Simply create a terminal connection and log in with your old password. If you have forgotten your Polaris password, the chgpass procedure can be used on University of MarylandUNIX systems (Polaris, Nova, SQL [special SQL/Oracle password info] to change forgotten account passwords.

Note: You MUST be sure that you know your MyUMUC username and password BEFORE you attempt to use this procedure. Visit MyUMUC and click the links for Forgot your password or username? to reset your password or retrieve your username.

Step 1: Open a terminal window to the Polaris server. If you are using SSH from the command line on a non-Windows computer, you will enter chgpass in place of the username (ssh chgpass@polaris.umuc.edu), and then skip Step 2.


Step 2: At the login prompt, type chgpass: You should not be prompted for a password at this point. If the server responds with Password: then your protocol version is probably not correct. 

Nova passwords can be reset using the same command.

  • login as: chgpass (All lowercase). Press Enter.


Step 3: At the Please enter your MyUMUC portal username prompt, enter your MyUMUC username.

Step 4: At the Please enter your MyUMUC portal password prompt, enter your MyUMUC password.
Passwords are case-sensitive. The cursor will not move as you type.

Step 5: The system will then verify your username and password information, and display your account name and a new randomly generated password.

Note: Pay close attention to the account name that is assigned to you. This may not be the same as your MyUMUC username.

Very Important: Make a note of your temporary password as it will not be emailed to you.

Step 6: Press the [ENTER] key to exit the chgpass procedure. Repeat step one and SSH to the server again.

Step 7: Log in using your Polaris username and new temporary password that was given to you in Step 5. You will be required to change the temporary password.

Step 8You will receive the following message: Warning: Your password has expired, please change it now.

Step 9: At the New Password: prompt, enter a new password of your choice. Make sure the new password meets the Polaris password requirements.

Step 10: At the Re-enter New Password: prompt, retype your new password for verification. The connection may be lost when you press enter, but this means it was successful. Reconnect and log in using your new password.

Be sure to record your Polaris username and password for future access.