Hi Tim, your post has been moved to the ESX Server 3.x Configuration forum
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As soon as you see the GRUB boot screen, press "a" to modify the kernel arguments
Then at the prompt type 'single'
The ESX host will boot to a # prompt.
Type 'passwd' and enter a new password for root.
As ctfoster notes, you need to reboot the system and be standing at the local console to reset the password.
Without getting into too much detail, you cannot recover a Unix password, you can only reset it in single user mode, which ctfoster notes above.
If you are into the "why" then this will help: http://www.nmrc.org/pub/faq/hackfaq/hackfaq-28.html
Thanks, I have rebooted this thing several times and it keeps coming to a screen that gives me three options:
Vmware ESX (debug)
VMware ESX (Troubleshooting)
I have tried all three options and it still appears that it is booting into run-level three. Any ideas
What about typing esx -s when you get to the boot screen?
sorry, didn't see that last post...the instructions posted above should get you into single user mode.
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