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with a fresh install of vsphere/esxi, are there a default set of accounts? And are you supposed to do anything with them, i.e. disable stale accounts/unneccesary seeded accounts?

Also as part of the installation do you have to configure passwords for certain default accounts, and do they have to meet any sort of complexity values?
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with a Default installation of VMware vSphere ESXi Server, it asks you to create a password for the ROOT Account on installation.

there are three users,

root - Administrator, root of the server
vpxuser - VMware Virtual Center Administrator Account
dcui - DCUI User

other than the ROOT account, the other passwords are left, and unknown and encrypted.

there are no other accounts.

Default Password requirements are documented here

Yes, these can be changed, if required, see here

ESX and ESXi 4.x and 5.x password requirements and restrictions

This question is discussing VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi host servers.
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So all those accounts need leaving alone, you dont have to delete them?

does the installation enforce any password complexity rules during the install, or could you set it to pass if you wanted to?
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So all those accounts need leaving alone, you dont have to delete them?

Yes, leave well alone, otherwise, you will break the server security.

does the installation enforce any password complexity rules during the install, or could you set it to pass if you wanted to?

Yes it does See here

Default Password requirements are documented here

Yes, these can be changed, if required, see here

ESX and ESXi 4.x and 5.x password requirements and restrictions

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can you add additional accounts to the esxi software if you wanted to? is this common/recommended?
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You can, if you so wish, but like with any computer, the more accounts, the more security risk.

It's not common or recommended.
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