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    Default Forgot admin password [SOLVED]

    I know, I know, but anyway. I installed CentOS in a VMware virtual machine and loaded Zimbra on it about a month ago to do a trial of the software. I got into other projects, and I'm just coming back to this. I've forgotten the admin password (and maybe the admin user's exact domain as well). I don't suppose there's someplace I can figure this out with root access, is there? Am I looking at a reconfiguration, or a total reinstall?

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    dk
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunkirk
    I know, I know, but anyway. I installed CentOS in a VMware virtual machine and loaded Zimbra on it about a month ago to do a trial of the software. I got into other projects, and I'm just coming back to this. I've forgotten the admin password (and maybe the admin user's exact domain as well). I don't suppose there's someplace I can figure this out with root access, is there? Am I looking at a reconfiguration, or a total reinstall?

    Thanks,
    dk
    Don't worry, by happy!

    If what you lost is the Linux password, in the Grub prompt press any key, then go to the line with the kernel arguments (normally the second) and press "e" (for edit). Add 'linux single' at the end then Enter and "b" (for boot). This will boot in single user mode where you can change the password. If you used LILO you just type "linux single" in the LILO prompt.

    Once rebooted in multiuser and with root password, if what you forgot is Zimbra admin password, you can set a new with:

    - login as root
    - do "su - zimbra"
    - then
    zmprov gaa (to list all accounts and overcome your blackout ;-)
    zmprov sp joe@domain.com test321 (to set a new password)

    For more info about zmprov, see the Wiki at http://wiki.zimbra.com/index.php?tit..._(Provisioning)
    Carlos

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    Thanks for the help, both of you! From the `zmprov gaa', I saw the exact domain I had created (and, boy, was I lost!), and I was actually remembering the password correctly.

    Anyway, I'm off and running now, but my son is bugging me to play Legos with him. Ah yes, now I'm reminded why it's been a month since I've gotten back to this.

    Thanks again,
    dk

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