vSphere virtual environment password reset process

Posted on 2014-08-07
Last Modified: 2014-08-20

We are in the process of resetting all passwords related to our virtual environment but don't want to impact production services by doing things out of order.

We are changing passwords for these virtual infrastructure components below

- ESX host root
- vCenter which connects to SQL on another server using an account in mixed mode authentication
- Netapp root account

Thanks again for the assistance
Question by:snyderkv
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    That should be fine, add you will need to re-add the ESXi hosts with the new password to vCenter Server.

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    This was a little more involved as I expected.

    -The ESX hosts don't need to be re added since the cert takes care of the connectivity
    -SSO reset of administrator@vSphere.local requires the link below to reset the password. Then you can log into the web client with it and change its password.
    -NetApp root had to be changed within putty by specifying passwd then, anything that connects to it like snapmanager, storage inventory, VUM etc, needs to reconnect to it.
    - vCenter SQL database user needs to be changed since we don't use sql authentication, then the ODBC DSN user password needs to be reset for but for some reason didn't update windows registry so we then had to set the vpxd.exe -p (vCenter service) password to match what we had set for the ODBC user connection.
    Finally, the VUM had to re-register as well by browsing to the installation path in program Files(x86) and clicking on the vum management executable, forgot what that was.
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    It is involved! I'll give you that!

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    All is good

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