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HDP on Windows – Installation Forum

HDP Setup Failure Hadoop Password creation

  • #53024
    John Tanner

    Installing Hadoop on Windows 8.1 in a VMWare workstation instance. In the HDP setup I have an error I cannot work past, ” Hadoop user password does not meet minimum system requirements defined in the system policies” . I have run secpol.msc to make sure Windows 8.1 password policy is very basic requiring only 4 characters and with no complexity or expiration etc. Still with very low requirements no password I use seems to satisfy the HDP install. I have set the policies higher and used complex passwords, but that made no difference either. I just downloaded all the code yesterday for this install, so I don’t believe anything is old.

    It must be simple, but I just cannot see what I have missed.

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  • #53052
    Ivan Malamen

    Only the following operating systems are supported:

    Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
    Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)

    Mike Swenson

    Same problem, using a supported OS too

    Ivan Malamen


    Please ensure password you are providing is valid, e.g. try to create user with this password manually. If user is created with provided password, but installation still fails, let us know by writing here
    Also, what OS do you use?

    Mike Swenson

    I can create a user named “Hadoop” then give it a password. I had all complexity and other password requirements off. I am installing from an administrator account (but not THE Administrator). Very frustrating. I tried with no pre-exisitng Haddop user and with one, same answer. But I did figure it out finally. Part of the problem was a “RTFM” issue, other part is incorrect error message.
    RTFM part . Open a command prompt as Administrator: runas /user:administrator “cmd /C msiexec /lv c:\hdplog.txt /i $PATH_to_MSI_file”
    I ran the msi like any other windows install by double clicking it. I would suggest the install detect not having proper parameters (like the install log) and display an appropriate install error message.

    Incorrect error message is very misleading, as it has nothing to do with password complexity

    Thanks for your time

    Kim Verkooij

    Is there already a solution for this issue?, i am having the same problem: Using windows server 2012 and i am able to create a user with the password which is not accepted by the hdp installer.

    Thank you in advance

    Rob Schafer

    I have intermittently experienced this issue as well. I was able to resolve the issue by running the .MSI as the Administrator account set-up on the machine. I only experienced the issue when double clicking the installer and not running as the Admin account. My environment is Windows Server 2012 on VMWare Workstation.

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