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Reset root password vCenter Server Appliance 6.0

Forgot root password to vCenter Appliance 6.0

Most of the Cases –

  • Gets Expired by default.
  • Locked out by Wrong Attempts

Lets see how to change the root password –

  • Reboot the vCSA 6.0 using the vSphere Client.
  • When the GRUB boot loader appears, press the spacebar to disable auto boot.
  • Press P to Enter Edit Mode



If the vCSA was deployed without editing the root password in the Virtual Appliance Management Interface (VAMI), the default GRUB password is vmware.

If the vCSA root password was reset using the VAMI, then the GRUB password is the password last set in the VAMI for the root account.

Choose the Second One. ¬†kernel /…


Type e to edit the boot command.



to the kernel boot options.


  • Press Enter. The GRUB menu reappears.
  • Type b to start the boot process. The system boots to a shell.
  • Reset the root password by running below command.
    passwd root



Restart the appliance by running the reboot command.

Set Password Never Expires –¬†

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Satheshwaran Manoharan
Satheshwaran Manoharanhttps://www.azure365pro.com
Award-winning Technology Leader with a wealth of experience running large teams and diversified industry exposure in cloud computing. From shipping lines to rolling stocks.In-depth expertise in driving cloud adoption strategies and modernizing systems to cloud native. Specialized in Microsoft Cloud, DevOps, and Microsoft 365 Stack and conducted numerous successful projects worldwide. Also, Acting as a Technical Advisor for various start-ups.

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  1. Hello,
    Thanks for your post.However, I tried the default password “vmware” but it FAILED. is there another way i can use in resetting the password of my VCSA 6.0??

  2. Try any other password which was being used by vcenter appliance, if it not accepting the Default password vmware.


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