Your AOS ID is your one account for access to a multitude of departmental services. The technology behind AOS ID is FreeIPA, this allows the IT department to create a single identity account that you can use to log into department websites, servers, printing, remote access and much more.


Password Lifecycle & Security

Your AOSID can be as secure as you are willing to make it. Passwords can contain symbols, numbers, upper case letters, and lower case letters. Overtly simplistic passwords will be rejected. Repeated attempts to use a basic password will temporarily lock your account. Before you attempt to set your password, spend a few moments trying to craft a secure and memorable password. Meaningful phrases with character substitutions often form good passwords. Periodically your AOSID will expire, if you fail to set a new password before your password expires, your account will be deactivated and you will need to contact AOS Support in order to regain access.


Password Requirements

Your AOS ID password is reset every 180 days (90 days for undergrads) and at a minimum, must meet the following criteria:

  1. Passwords must be at least 8 characters long
  2. Passwords must contain at least 3 of the following:
    • uppercase letters
    • lowercase letters
    • numbers
    • symbols
  3. Passwords must not be based on a dictionary word
  4. New passwords must differ significantly from your previous password

To change your password you must be connected to the AOS network. When connected, you can change your password by logging in to https://auth.atmos.ucla.edu. Once you have logged in, click on Action for a drop-down menu, then select Reset Password.


Please follow the steps below to manage your AOSID:

  • Step 1: Ensure that you are connected to the AOS network (wired, wireless, or VPN)
  • Step 2: Direct your web browser to https://auth.atmos.ucla.edu
    • Note: auth.atmos.ucla.edu will redirect you to one of our authentication systems, usually kerberos.
  • Step 3: Follow the steps below to accept the self-signed certificate and then use your AOSID to log in to https://auth.atmos.ucla.edu


Trusting a self signed certificate

Each browser has its own warning screen when you visit a site with a self-signed certificate. Exercise caution when accepting certificates from sites outside of the ucla.edu domain.