Password reset for ~1998 AIX on RS/6000?

Jonathan Katz jon at
Thu Feb 1 14:45:02 CST 2018

This may have the answer. AIX was certainly in version 4 at that
point, so this should work.

On Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 8:28 PM, Tapley, Mark via cctech
<cctech at> wrote:
> All,
>         I’m trying to resurrect an AIX workstation that may well contain useful information for the NASA IMAGE spacecraft.
>         The system is an IBM RiscSystem/6000 43P-140 according to the badge on the front (which I think is reasonably accurate).
>         It’s running a version of AIX from ~1997 or 1998. It does boot to the GUI login prompt.
>         Is there a standard procedure for recovering lost passwords for these systems, or for resetting passwords? I do have physical access to the machine; it’s possible I can find an AIX install disk but it’s *highly* desirable to preserve the contents of the existing hard drive.
>         Apologies in advance if this is posted somewhere obvious, I have not done my google homework so a pointer may be all I need.
>                                         - Mark
>                                         210-522-6025 office         210-379-4635    cell

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