Microvax 3100 VMS 7.3 password reset

Richard Curtis dick.curtis at ymail.com
Thu Nov 12 07:12:51 CST 2020

 > I picked up a microvax 3100 this past weekend from a office that was
> shutting down.
>> I was able to start the system up, it boots up to a login prompt for VMS
> VAX 7.3.
>> I do not have any login info for this machine, is there a procedure i can
> follow to reset a password to an account?

I beg to differ with HP's recommendation (in their doc set) for Devin'ssituation.  HP's description is meant for customer sites to have a copyof usernames/passwords to which they can revert for nasty situationssuch as a corrupted SYSUAF.DAT.  *If* this system has the 'alternate'file, it should have the same problem as the original, of unknownpasswords.  What Devin needs is instructions to break into the system.
I happen to know how to do that (used to work in OpenVMS Engineering).Is that something that should be discussed here?

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