ESXi 5.1 Root Login issue

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?
hchabriaAsked:
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rhandelsCommented:
This is the official statment from VMWare itself.

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1317898

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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Supported method is above in first post.....no need to re-installl!!!!

but it cannot be recovered, but can be changed......as follows:-

http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/Reset_root_password.php

This method DOES WORK on ESXi 5.1!!!!
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