Resetting Administrator password in vCenter Server Appliance

Posted: March 24, 2018 in vcsa Administrator password reset, VMWARE

1.SSH to  vCenter Server appliance as root user

2.Type the following in:


Which gets you:
Please select:
0. exit
1. Test LDAP connectivity
2. Force start replication cycle
3. Reset account password
4. Set log level and mask
5. Set vmdir state

Select option 3

Please enter account UPN :

This is one of the problems with the 6.X guide, it doesn’t tell you explicitly that you need to type the following.


After that you should get a new password that you can use to log in. 
This password can then be used to access the WebGUI of the appliance and 
there you can set your administrator@vsphere.local password back

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