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Resetting Root Password and Relabeling with SElinux on Linux Systems on SLE Micro

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Micro 5.5


The root password for a SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) Micro instance has been misplaced or forgotten


1. Boot (or reboot) the system.
2. While the Grub menu is displayed, move the cursor to the intended boot entry (usually the first one) and press "E" to edit.
3. Locate the line beginning with linux, and append init=/bin/bash autorelabel=1 to the end of the line as additional kernel command line arguments.
4. Press Ctrl-X (or F10) and allow the system to boot to the shell prompt.
5. Enter passwd and press Enter, then input a new password twice.
6. Type exec /sbin/init after the shell prompt and press Enter. This will proceed the system to boot to the login prompt.
7. Login as root with the new password
8. Run restorecon /etc/shadow
9. Reboot the system


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  • Document ID:000021384
  • Creation Date: 05-Mar-2024
  • Modified Date:05-Mar-2024
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Micro

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