Recovering the Root Password

To recover the root password:

  1. Power off the router by pressing the power button on the front panel.
  2. Turn off the power to the management device, such as a PC or laptop computer, that you want to use to access the CLI.
  3. Plug one end of the Ethernet rollover cable supplied with the router into the RJ-45–to–DB-9 serial port adapter supplied with the router.
  4. Plug the RJ-45–to–DB-9 serial port adapter into the serial port on the management device.
  5. Connect the other end of the Ethernet rollover cable to the console port on the router.
  6. Turn on the power to the management device.
  7. On the management device, start your asynchronous terminal emulation application (such as Microsoft Windows Hyperterminal) and select the appropriate COM port to use (for example, COM1).
  8. Configure the port settings as follows:
    • Bits per second: 9600

    • Data bits: 8

    • Parity: None

    • Stop bits: 1

    • Flow control: None

  9. Power on the router by pressing the power button on the front panel.

    Verify that the POWER LED on the front panel turns green.

    The terminal emulation screen on your management device displays the router’s boot sequence.

  10. When the following prompt appears, press the Spacebar to access the router’s bootstrap loader command prompt:

    Depending on your device hardware, the bootstrap loader might proceed quite quickly at this step without pausing for input. Therefore, you might need to press the spacebar multiple times at the beginning of the boot sequence.

    Hit [Enter] to boot immediately, or space bar for command prompt.
    Booting [kernel] in 9 seconds...
  11. At the following prompt, type boot -s to start the system in single-user mode.
    ok boot -s
  12. At the following prompt, type recovery to start the root password recovery procedure.
    Enter full pathname of shell or 'recovery' for root password recovery or RETURN for /bin/sh: recovery
  13. Enter configuration mode in the CLI.
  14. Set the root password.
    [email protected]# set system root-authentication plain-text-password

    When you configure a plain-text password, Junos OS encrypts the password for you.


    Do not use the encrypted-password option unless the password is already encrypted, and you are entering the encrypted version of the password. If you commit the encrypted-password option with a plain-text password or with blank quotation marks (” “), you will not be able to log in to the device as root, and you will need to repeat this password recovery process.

  15. At the following prompt, enter the new root password, for example:
    New password: password
    Retype new password:
  16. At the second prompt, reenter the new root password.
  17. After you have finished configuring the password, commit the configuration.
    commit complete
  18. Exit configuration mode in the CLI.
  19. Exit operational mode in the CLI.
  20. At the prompt, type y to reboot the router.
    Reboot the system? [y/n] y

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