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Reset VCSA 6.x root password

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You have forgotten the root password of VCSA 6.5. The root password is essential for upgrades from the installation wizard and troubleshooting.


It is recommended to take a snapshot before proceeding

  1. Reboot the VCSA VM.
  2. Hit “e” key to enter GNU GRUB screen. Do it fast, rebooting is a matter of a few seconds.
  3. Add the following line (as the image below) “rw init=/bin/bash”
reset root password of VCSA 6.5 6.7
  1. Press “F10” key
  2. Type “passwd” and hit enter.
  3. Type and retype a new password. Hit enter.
reset root password of VCSA 6.5 6.7
  1. Type “umount /” to unmount the filesystem.
  2. Type “reboot -f” to reboot the VM.
reset root password of VCSA 6.5 6.7
  1. The password has been changed.
Juan Mulford
Juan Mulford
I have been active in IT for over fourteen years now. I am a solutions architect, working with storage, virtualization, and VDI solutions. For the past ten years, I have been living and working in Taiwan.

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