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
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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 KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
It is easier to reinstall than to try to hack it.  I have done it in the past for a user who forgot the password.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
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.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.