How to reset forgotten root password in VMware vCenter Appliance 6.5

In order to reset forgotten root password in VMware vCenter Appliance 6.5 do the following:

  1. Take a snapshot of the vCSA (DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!)
  2. Reboot the vCSA
  3. After the OS starts, press E on your keyboard
  4. In the boot menu locate the line that starts w/ Linux
  5. Append the rw init=/bin/bash at the end of the line
  6. Press F10 on your keyboard to continue boot
  7. Enter the passwd in the prompt and provide the new root password
  8. Unmount the filesystem by running the unmount / command
  9. Reboot the system using reboot -f command

Now you can log in using your new root password. Please store your root password on secure location!

 

Article created: 2017-05-31 12:11:59
Last updated: 2017-05-31 12:12:10

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