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ESXi Server vSphere Client password reset?

Posted on 2014-09-05
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I inherited a couple of VMware virtual servers but I have no documentation on them. I got the ip address that's being used by vSphere client but I can't figure out the username and password. The default username is 'root' and password is 'vmware' from what I know but I had no luck with those, nor the Windows login. Is there a way to reset that password?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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There is NO default password for ESXi.

The default username is root, but there is no default password, the password is set on installation of ESXi.

VMware state the following:-

Changing a forgotten root password on an ESX/ESXi host

The only VMware Support method is to re-install ESXi. When you re-install the installer wll detect a previous version and Ask you if you want to preserve the VMFS datastore (this contains your VMs, and you shoudl select YES!).

Re-install, and then start the ESXi server, browse the datastore and add your VMs to the inventory, e.g. Right Click the VMX file, and click Add to Inventory.

The following method is unsupported by VMware, but works very well for ALL ESXi versions e.g.it's a hack!

ESXi - Reset the password for root - VM-Help
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