Vmware root password access VM vsphere Management

I have recently brought on a new client that does not have their VMware root password.

Based on VMware site I cannot change the password in 5.x

How do I manage these VM's?

We are running Server 2008 Standard.
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
You'll most likely have to reset the root password via the re-install of the ESXi host (obviously using the  keeping the current datastore option), that's the only supported way...

There's another way, but you'll need access to using host profiles

Besides that, there's an unsupported way as well
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you do not know the root password, there is only two options available.

1. Re-install ESXi, this is not as bad as it seems, as it will prompt you to preserve the VMFS (datastore) where the VMs are located.

2. or hack it here - http://vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/Reset_root_password.php

You should still be able to connect to the virtual machine using RDP.

Do you just have a single standalone ESXi server, no vCenter Server ?

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zwig2002Author Commented:
You are correct this is a stand alone server running 5 VM's

I also read that I could boot to a bootable esxi flash drive and load the VM from there. Is that feasible. Or and I better off reinstalling?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That is correct, but you will still need to re-install to USB flash drive.
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