How do I change my VMware root password?

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.
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  • 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.

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