Default user admin

A factory-default switch comes with a single user named admin.

The admin user:

  • Has an empty password. Press Enter in response to the admin password prompt. At initial boot, you are prompted to define a password for the admin user. Although empty (blank) passwords are allowed, it is recommended that you use strong passwords for all production switches.

  • Is a member of the administrators group.

  • Cannot be removed from the switch.


The switch admin user is distinct from the Service OS admin user. The Service OS acts as the bootloader and recovery operating system. The Service OS has its own CLI.

Example of first login with password setting

switch login: admin

Please configure the 'admin' user account password.
Enter new password: ********
Confirm new password: ********