5.1.1. Procedure – Creating local users in PSM


To create a local user, complete the following procedure.


The admin user is available by default and has all possible privileges. It is not possible to delete this user.

Local users cannot be managed when LDAP authentication is used (see Procedure 5.4, Managing PSM users from an LDAP database). When LDAP authentication is enabled, the accounts of local users is disabled, they are not displayed on the AAA > Local Users page, but they are not deleted, either.

When using RADIUS authentication together with local users, the users are authenticated to the RADIUS server, only their group memberships must be managed locally on PSM. For details, see Procedure 5.5, Authenticating users to a RADIUS server.


  1. Navigate to AAA > Local Users and click .

    Figure 5.1. AAA > Local Users — Creating local users

    AAA > Local Users — Creating local users
  2. Enter the username into the User field.


    For the username of SSH users, only valid UTF-8 strings are allowed.

    The following characters cannot be used in usernames: <>\/[]:;|=,+*?

  3. Enter a password for the user into the Password and Verify password fields.

    The strength of the password is indicated below the Password field as you type. To set a policy for password strength, see Procedure 5.2, Setting password policies for local users. The user can change the password later from the PSM web interface, and you can modify the password of the user here.

    Use strong passwords: at least 8 characters that include numbers, letters, special characters, and capital letters. For local PSM users, require the use of strong passwords (set AAA > Settings > Minimal password strength to strong). For details, see Procedure 5.2, Setting password policies for local users.


    PSM accepts passwords that are not longer than 150 characters. The following special characters can be used: !"#$%&'()*+,-./:;<=>[email protected][\]^-`{|}

  4. Click in the Groups section and select a group that the user will be member of. Repeat this step to add the user to multiple groups.

    If you wish to modify the group membership of a local user later on, you can do that here.

    To remove a user from a group, click next to the group.

  5. Click .