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Changing the vSphere Data Protection appliance password (2039507)


This article provides the procedure to change the vSphere Data Protection (VDP) appliance password.
You may want to use this procedure if:
  • You want to change the VDP appliance password.
  • You do not know the password for the VDP appliance SUSE Linux operating system
  • You know the password, but the log in attempt fails even when you use the correct password.

    Note: This issue may occur if the password includes a character with an umlaut, such as ü, ö, and ä. 


The default username/password for a VDP appliance is root/changeme.

To change the password, log in to the VDP appliance and run this command:

If the password is not known or does not work:
  1. Reboot the VDP appliance.
  2. Stop the GRUB prompt and choose e for edit.
  3. For the boot options, type init=/bin/bash, so that it does not prompt for a password during boot.
  4. Use the passwd command to set it back to the default changeme password.
  5. Reboot the VDP appliance and run this command to set the desired password:


For more information, see VMware vSphere Data Protection Documentation.

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