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QUICKTIP: Howto reset vmware esxi 4.1 hypervisor password

August 16, 2013

Yes, it’s from local, with reboots and all that shits  we can’t do in production 🙂

1. Enter hypervisor in maintenance mode.

2. Reboot with Live Linux

3. Mount the partition cointains local.tgz file

4. Decompress local.tgz, edit etc/shadow file with your hash, copy back the editied file into the archive and archive into the mountpount.

5. Reboot.



Keep in mind that esxi 4.1 shadow file work with old unix shadow files, aka md5(unix), so your hash must be $1$…. etc.


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