[SunHELP] How to reset smc password on Solaris 10?

Steve Sandau ssandau at gwi.net
Tue Nov 1 16:45:01 CST 2005

> I've "inherited" a system whose previous admin is no longer with us.
> I reset the root password in the usual way.  However, I have not found
> any way to reset the smc (Solaris 10) password.  The machine is highly
> configured, so starting over with a clean disk is not a realistic
> option.  How can root reset root's smc password on a Solaris 10 system?

I don't know if that is a different password or not. I had the same
problem under Sol9 and figured out that SMC in Sol9 didn't understand
the password hash that I was using. (I changed tp MD5 from the default.)
I had to reset the password for root after setting the password
encryption back to standard UNIX type. Then I was able to use the root
password to access SMC.

I can look some of this up and find the actual file I changed (somewhere
in /etc) to change the password hash. Let me know if that might be
helpful. Might not be able to do that until tomorrow, though.


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