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Before Using Ws-FTP for the first time you should change your password from the default password to one of your choosing.
1) Start Telnet
2) Connect to velorum
3) Login using student number & default password
4) Enter the command passwd
5) Enter default password
6) Enter new password
7) Re-enter new password again
8) Exit Telnet
Before using Ws-FTP I strongly advise you to change the default password to one of your choosing.
The default password is based on your first initial and date of birth in the format (xddmmyyyy) e.g. if your name is Rebecca Carr and you were born on the 21st of May 1980 your default password would be r21051980 This is not secure!
When choosing a new password you must comply with the following requirements : The first 6 characters of the password must contain at least two alphabetic characters and at least one numeric or special character.
Start | Programs | Applications | Internet | Telnet
Connect | Remote System...
Your login name is your student ID number as displayed on your ID card. e.g. 2251234 or in some cases prefixed with m e.g. m980123.
The default password is set to the first letter of your first name, and full date of birth as a eight (8) digit number (xddmmyyyy). e.g. r21051980
You will not see any characters echoed to the screen as you type your password.
If you make a mistake when entering your password press the enter key, wait for the login: prompt to reappear and return to step 5 above.
Note: the command is passwd not password.
Changing password for [login
If you do not see the above message return to step 8 above.
Enter your default password again, e.g. the first letter of your first name, and your full date of birth as a eight (8) digit number (xddmmyyyy). e.g. r21051980
Once again you will not see the password appear on the screen. If you make a typing mistake press the enter key and return to step 8 above.
If any other message appears return to step 8 above.
Enter a password of your choice.
Note: UNIX passwords are case sensitive - upper and lower case letters are recognised as different - Novel Student Network passwords are not case sensitive.
The first 6 characters of the password must contain at least two alphabetic characters and at least one numeric or special character.
Using the name of your pet or boyfriend/girlfriend is not recommended. The best choice for a password is a acronym followed by a number or special character e.g.
WStB1 this looks like an easy password to forget unless you like the book Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen.
This is to make sure that you did not mistype your password.
Passwd (SYSTEM): passwd successfully changed for [login name].
If any you received an error message you should return to step 8 above.
See Using Ws-FTP.
Created: December 19, 2001
Last modified: December 9, 2003
Russell, R. (2003, December 9). Telnet notes ~ text version. Retrieved December 9, 2003, from