ESXi 5.1 Root Login issue

Posted on 2014-08-28
Last Modified: 2014-09-03
We have lost Root password for one of the ESXi 5.1 Servers. Is there any way to recover it? Or is there any way to log into that ESXi server?
Question by:hchabria
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    Accepted Solution

    This is the official statment from VMWare itself.

    ESXi 3.5, ESXi 4.x, and ESXi 5.x

    Reinstalling the ESXi host is the only supported way to reset a password on ESXi.  Any other method may lead to a host failure or an unsupported configuration due to the complex nature of the ESXi architecture. ESXi does not have a service console and as such traditional Linux methods of resetting a password, such as single-user mode do not apply.

    So it seems that you need to reinstall it. Do you have a spare server to migrate the virtual machines to??
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Supported method is above in first need to re-installl!!!!

    but it cannot be recovered, but can be follows:-

    This method DOES WORK on ESXi 5.1!!!!

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