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Editing The Administrator Password For VMAX Standalones

Editing The Administrator Password For VMAX Standalones


Affected Roles:  Administrator

Complexity:  Low

Last Edit:  May 14, 2020


User Management

By default, when first setting up the DVR or NVR, the system will only have an Administrator user profile and will not be password protected.  It is permissible to leave the system like this, however it is recommended to apply a login password to the Administrator profile for added security.

This article will outline how to edit the Administrator password for a VMAX series DVR or NVR unit.

Note:  Because the various recording units that are covered from this article span multiple model generations, the images provided may not appear the same as your recording unit.  Please be aware that despite the visual difference in display, the process is the same.

Supported/Affected Devices

  • VMAX Series (Legacy)
  • VMAX 960H Series
  • VMAX Flex Series
  • VMAX A1 Series (2.1 MP)
  • VMAX A1 Plus Series (5 MP)
  • VMAX IP Plus Series

Creating the Administrator Password

When initially booting your DVR or NVR for the first time, the system will prompt you to create a password for the Administrator of the system.  It is optional to apply a login password as the password can be changed at a later time.

Editing the Administrator Password

If you are past the initial setup process for the recording unit, you can adjust the Administrator login in the system settings.  However, you will need to be able to log in to the DVR or NVR as the Administrator to do so.

If you created a password for your recording unit and cannot remember it:

  1. Try logging in with the default credentials:
  • User ID:  admin
  • Password:  <no password>
  1. If the DVR or NVR is no longer using the default login credentials and you cannot remember the Administrator password, you will need to request a password reset through the Digital Watchdog Password Policy page.
  1. After logging in as the Administrator, right-click with the mouse to prompt the context menu.

Select Menu or Setup Menu (varies by model).

  1. The Setup Menu will display.

Select System, then select User.

  1. The User menu will display.

Select the Administrator from the user list, then click the Edit button.

  1. Enter the Current Password for the Administrator profile.  If the system is still using the default login, leave the Current Password box blank.

Enter the new password into the Password box, then re-enter it again in the Confirm box.

It is optional to create a Password Hint.

Click OK to proceed.  If you did not create a hint, the system will ask if you would like to add one.  Click No to skip this.

Note:  By default, the Administrator has permission for all functions, menus, and camera channels.  This cannot be changed for the Administrator.

  1. Click the Save button to apply the changes.
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