Topics: AIX, System Admin

Reset an unknown root password

  • Insert the product media for the same version and level as the current installation into the appropriate drive.
  • Power on the server.
  • Boot the server into SMS mode and Choose Start Maintenance Mode for System Recovery.
  • Select Access a Root Volume Group. A message displays explaining that you will not be able to return to the Installation menus without rebooting if you change the root volume group at this point.
  • Type the number of the appropriate volume group from the list.
  • Select Access this Volume Group and start a shell.
  • At the prompt, type the passwd command to reset the root password.
  • To write everything from the buffer to the hard disk and reboot the system, type the following:
    # sync;sync;sync;reboot

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