How to reset the lost or forgotten root password in vRealize Life Cycle Manager

To reset the lost forgotten root password in vRLCM Server Appliance follow the steps below:

  1. Take a snapshot of the vRealize Life Cycle Manager appliance before proceeding.
  2. Reboot the vRLCM Server Appliance.
  3. After the vRLCM Photon OS starts, press e key to enter the GNU GRUB Edit Menu.
  4. Locate the line that begins with the word Linux.
  5. Append these entries to the end of the line:
    rw init=/bin/bash The line should look like the following screenshot:

6. Press F10 to continue booting.

7. In the Command prompt, enter the command passwd and provide a new root password (twice for confirmation):


8. Unmount the filesystem by running this command

umount /

9. Reboot the vRLCM Server Appliance by running this command:

reboot -f

10. Confirm that you can access the vRLCM Server Appliance using the new root password.

11. Remove the snapshot taken in Step 1 if applicable.

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