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Vmware root Password:

Hi, I have a vmware Esxi 5.0 host that i forgot its password or it seems it cannot accept the password it initially accepted some months back.How can I access it?Kindly advise

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Hypercat (Deb)

8/22/2022 - Mon
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

You cannot access it, or reset it. The supported method is to re-install ESXi.

see here

VMware KB: Changing a forgotten root password on an ESX/ESXi host

There is a method here which does work, which you can follow, using a Slax Linux Live CD here:- (this also works for 5.x), but we find it often quicker to re-install from cdrom.

Mohammed Khawaja

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Hypercat (Deb)

You might just try rebooting the host machine if you can.  I had a 4.x host do this once on me and I decided, before going through a reinstall, to try rebooting and it did fix the problem.
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