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To change the root password in VMware, you can follow these steps:
- Log in to the VMware ESXi host or v Center Server using the v Sphere Client or v Sphere Web Client.
- Navigate to the “Hosts and Clusters” view and select the ESXi host for which you want to change the root password.
- In the “Summary” tab of the selected host, click on the “Configuration” tab.
- Under the “Software” section, click on “Security Profile.”
- In the “Security Profile” window, locate the “Services” section and click on “Edit.”
- Scroll down and find the “SSH” service. Click on “Options.”
- In the “SSH Options” window, click on “Start” to enable the SSH service if it is not already started.
- Now, you can open an SSH client (such as PuTTY) and connect to the ESXi host using the SSH protocol.
- Enter the current root password when prompted to log in.
- Once logged in, type the following command to change the root password:
You will be prompted to enter the new password. Type the new password and press Enter. Note that the password characters will not be displayed on the screen.
- Retype the new password when prompted and press Enter.
- If the password change is successful, you will see a message indicating the password has been updated.
- Close the SSH client and go back to the v Sphere Client or v Sphere Web Client.
- In the “Security Profile” window, click on “Options” for the SSH service.
- Click on “Stop” to disable the SSH service for security purposes (optional but recommended).
That’s it! You have successfully changed the root password for your VMware ESXi host.