Wednesday , June 10 2020

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 –¬†

Login to Appliance


About Satheshwaran Manoharan

Satheshwaran Manoharan is an Microsoft Office Server and Services MVP , Publisher of Specialized in Office365 / Microsoft Exchange / Virtualization , Sathesh is an Messaging Expert supporting/Designing/Deploying many medium size businesses to large enterprises when it comes to Corporate messaging and Virtualization Infrastructure

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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.

  3. vmware password not accepted, last known password used is not accepted.
    Now what?

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