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What's my root password?


We don't know what's your root passwod. it's whatever you entered during the installation. However you can change it.

For VPS services you can change the root password through the SolusVM control panel.

For dedicated servers you can change your root password by booting to rescue mode.
To do so:
1. Go to my products / product details.
2. Select "reinstall server".
3. Select profile "sysrcd" - this is a rescue CD system.
4. Enter some temporary root password (will be used only for the rescue CD system) and then click on reinstall.
5. Wait for your server to boot the rescue CD.
6. ssh as root to your server's IP with the temporary password you selected above. The ssh will complain that the ssh host key of the server has changed - this is normal.
7. once insde the rescue CD system mount yout server's file system to /mnt. Depending on the partition scheme used, this could work as an example: mount /dev/mapper/vg-root /mnt
8. chroot /mnt /bin/bash
9. passwd
10. exit
11. sync
12. umount /mnt
13. sync
14. Power cycle the server from your control panel.
15. Wait for your server to boot normally and you can use the new root password. Please note that again the ssh host key will be different.


For Raspberry Pi you can change your root password by booting to rescue mode.
To do so:
1. Go to my products / product details.
2. Click "Rescue Mode".
3. Enter some temporary root password that will be used for the rescue mode and click "Activate Rescue Mode"
4. Wait for your server to boot in rescue mode. You will receive email notification when it is ready.
5. ssh as root to your server's IP with the temporary password you selected above. The ssh will complain that the ssh host key of the server has changed - this is normal.
6. once insde the rescue system mount yout server's file system to /mnt - mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
7. chroot /mnt /bin/bash
8. passwd
9. exit
10. sync
11. umount /mnt
12. sync
13. Go to your control panel and click on "Stop Rescue"
14. Wait for your server to boot normally and you can use the new root password. Please note that again the ssh host key will be different.


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