[rescue] IBM pSeries machine

Charles Monett camonett at woh.rr.com
Thu May 20 06:52:53 CDT 2004

At 06:25 PM 5/20/2004 +1200, you wrote:
>Hi Lads
>I just recovered a really cheap used IBM pSeries machines from a liquidation
>sale. As far as I can tell it is a 7026-B80 system with a single processor
>(speed unknown), 1GB RAM, and around 230GB of disks (2 x 9GB internal, 12
>x 18GB external).
>Unfortunately I do not a login for the root user account. Nor do I
>have an AIX 4 media kit. Is there any way to reset the root user password
>without a media kit?
>FWIW this is the first POWER machine I've had a fiddle with. The design seems
>pretty solid (though the internal cable routing is pretty poor).
>rescue list - http://www.sunhelp.org/mailman/listinfo/rescue
Which version of AIX? It seems that up to 4.3.3, you could get it to a root 
by just putting it into service mode, and using option 41 - at least it 
worked for a
old 7011-220 (which is an AIX 4 machine itself) I've used. You may have to 
do manual
editing of both of the passwd files, since this option could drop you to a 
prompt that just
mounts the filesystems.

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