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How to change console password on a pix 501

nettiebetz
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Hello Experts - Nettie here...
Pix 6.2

I don't know what i did when i set up a pix 501 a LONG time ago...
I have a perfectily running PIX - can reach via telnet just fine.
I cannot, however, console in via console port with a laptop.  The pix does prompt for a password.  It does not prompt for a username.  Password only.  My telnet password does not work for the console password - and i can't seem to find any documentation on changing the console password...only find docs on setting telnet and enable passwords.  Since i can get to enable mode via telnet...how do i reset the console password only?
Thank you so much!
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Did you try blank password or 'cisco' ?

Cheers,
Rajesh

Commented:
Is your PIX authenticating logons locally or to an AAA server ? If it is using an AAA server, then logon via telnet, and issue the command "clear passwd" which will reset the console password to "cisco".

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Authenticating logons locally...

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Commented:
Yes sir, I did - tried - Cisco, cisco, ciscopix, pix, blank -etc...so i must have set to something and not left the default  - i have documented (1year ago) what i "thought" i set it to...but it doesn't work either...

Commented:
If you have done "clear passwd" then it should have reset it and something screwy is going on. If you really want to have console access again (which I agree is quite important), then I would suggest two possibilties:

1. Upgrade to a newer version of OS and see if this fixes it.
2. Use the PIX password recovery procedure:
http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/110/34.shtml
No Clue. PIX is acting weird.

Cheers,
Rajesh

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For clarification - Are the console password and telnet password supposed to be one in the same?  i tried the "clear passwd" command on another (non production) pix i have and it reset the telnet password to cisco.

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