Solved

recover lost root password for vmware ESXi 5.0

Posted on 2013-01-28
3
1,157 Views
Last Modified: 2013-02-01
how to recover root password for vmware ESXi 5.0
0
Comment
Question by:leganti
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
3 Comments
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:choward16980
ID: 38828984
No need to.  Just re-install and re-mount the datastores.  The VM data will not be lossed if the machines are powered down correctly.  Make sure to write down the configurations for the guests and don't format any of the drives which datastores are on.
0
 
LVL 3

Accepted Solution

by:
binumicrosoft earned 500 total points
ID: 38828996
0
 
LVL 120
ID: 38829101
You cannot recover the password.

Make sure you try uppercase and lowercase, just in case you had cap locks on at the time!

the official way is to re-install.

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1317898

but these "hacks" work also for 5.1.

http://www.bock.nu/blog/reset-root-password-vmware-esxi-4.1

http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/Reset_root_password.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoL43UBpVyI

it's quicker and easier to re-install ESXi 5.1.


see my EE Article

HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

in our tests, it takes approx 5mins to reinstall!

A re-install will PRESERVE ANY VMFS with your VMs, and then just Right Click the VMX on the Datastore and ADD TO INVENTORY.

Most hacks will take longer than the install!
0

Featured Post

NFR key for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Veeam is happy to provide a free NFR license (for 1 year, up to 10 users). This license allows for the non‑production use of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 in your home lab without any feature limitations.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When converting a physical machine to a virtual machine using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone or vCenter Converter Enterprise, if an adapter type is not selected during the initial customization the resulting virtual machine may contain an IDE d…
Veeam Backup & Replication has added a new integration – Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365.  In this blog, we will discuss how you can benefit from Office 365 email backup with the Veeam’s new product and try to shed some light on the needs and …
Teach the user how to rename, unmount, delete and upgrade VMFS datastores. Open vSphere Web Client: Rename VMFS and NFS datastores: Upgrade VMFS-3 volume to VMFS-5: Unmount VMFS datastore: Delete a VMFS datastore:
Teach the user how to use create log bundles for vCenter Server or ESXi hosts Open vSphere Web Client: Generate vCenter Server and ESXi host log bundle:  Open vCenter Server Appliance Web Management interface and generate log bundle: Open vCenter Se…

726 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question