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how to recover root password for vmware ESXi 5.0
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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.
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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!
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