Forgot root password in Solaris 8

We have a Solaris 8 server in the office. Nobody seems to know the password to any account on the OS. If I want to login as root, but don't know the password, what can I do? I am hoping that I don't have to re-install the whole OS! Thanks.
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Have a look at the instructions in the following page, remove the password and reset the


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yongsingAuthor Commented:
I followed the instruction and booted from the installation disk. It did not enter TERM=... . I just used vi to remove the entire line containing root: . When I rebooted the OS, it still asked me for a password. What have I done wrong?
yongsingAuthor Commented:
This is what I did:

fsck -y /dev/dsk/c0t0d0s0
mount /dev/dsk/c0t0d0s0 /a
cd /a/etc
chmod u+w shadow
vi shadow
(remove line starting with root:...)
cd /
umount a
init 6

Do I remove entire line starting with root: ?
yongsingAuthor Commented:
I know what's wrong. I should not delete the whole line. I just need to remove the encrpted string, so what I have left is:


Now I managed to login to the system.
Example :

With passwd :


No passwd :

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