When setting up your service account password in FlexNet Manager Suite, it's essential to ensure the security and functionality of your account. While you may want to use special characters to create a strong password, some characters can introduce a range of compatibility and usability issues, potentially jeopardizing the integrity of your account.
Below are special characters to avoid when creating your service account password.
Characters with compatibility issues
$ (Dollar sign): The dollar sign can be interpreted as an attempt to instantiate a new variable, especially in programming and scripting environments. Using it in a password may lead to confusion or errors in systems that interpret it as a variable declaration rather than a part of the password.
# (Hashtag/Pound sign): In various contexts, the hashtag or pound sign is used to ignore sections, comment out lines, or indicate special directives. When used in a password, it might be misconstrued as a comment or directive, causing login failures or unexpected behavior.
[ and ] (Square brackets): Square brackets are frequently used to delimit and identify sections in code or configuration files. Incorporating them into a password can cause conflicts, as systems may misinterpret them as part of code syntax, potentially rendering your password unusable.
= (Equals sign): The equals sign is commonly employed as a delimiter to separate an allocated resource and its corresponding value. Including it in a password can lead to parsing errors or misinterpretation within systems that process this character as a separator.
& (Ampersand): In PowerShell and similar scripting environments, the ampersand executes commands or scripts. If used in a service account password, it can hinder automation processes, making it challenging to automate password updates or other operations involving the account.
" (Double quotation marks): Double quotation marks serve as delimiters in various programming languages. When used in certain code segments, they can cause a password to be perceived as incomplete or improperly formed, leading to authentication failures.
By avoiding these special characters in service account passwords, you can minimize the risk of compatibility issues and ensure the smooth operation of your systems and applications.