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shashi kanth
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Forgot OpenVMS System password

DS15, OpenVMS 7.3.2


Followed this procedure to reset the system password. (http://labs.hoffmanlabs.com/node/204)

1. b -flags 0,1
2. SET/STARTUP OPA0:
3. SET WINDOW_SYSTEM 0
4. SET WRITESYSPARAMS 0
5. CONTINUE
6. SET DEFAULT SYS$SYSTEM:
7. RUN SYS$SYSTEM:AUTHORIZE
8. MODIFY SYSTEM /PASSWORD=newpassword
9. EXIT


But at step 7, whenever i execute the "MC AUTHORIZE" or "RUN SYS$SYSTEM:AUTHORIZE", i am getting an error and the bellow message will be displayed and i am not getting $ prompt again.

mc authorize
mc authorize
%DCL-W-ACTIMAGE, error activating image SECURESHRP
-CLI-E-IMGNAME, image file ASTON$DKA0:[SYS0.SYSCOMMON.][SYSLIB]SECURESHRP.EXE;1
-SYSTEM-F-PROTINSTALL, protected images must be installed
SYSTEM job terminated at 19-APR-2010 15:04:06.28

Accounting information:
Buffered I/O count: 59 Peak working set size: 2528
Direct I/O count: 39 Peak virtual size: 172096
Page faults: 107 Mounted volumes: 0
Charged CPU time: 0 00:00:00.01 Elapsed time: 0 00:00:06.10
%%%%%%%%%%% OPCOM 19-APR-2010 15:15:52.43 %%%%%%%%%%%


Please anyone can tell me how to solve this issue, and/or is there any other way to reset the system password ?

Thanks.
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Andy Bustamante
Honored Contributor
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Re: Forgot OpenVMS System password

Insert steps 5.1 ...

Once at the OPA0: Console $ Prompt
$ SET NOON
$ DEFINE/SYSTEM/EXEC DECW$IGNORE_WORKSTATION TRUE
$ SPAWN
$ @SYS$SYSTEM:STARTUP

Noted in the Hoffman Labs link.

Alternate method, note your system device name, boot from OpenVMS CD, set default to device:[VMS$COMMON.SYSEXE] and run authorize. This assumes the logical SYSUAF is not set, if it is, set your default to the value of SYSUAF.

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? Reach me at first_name + "." + last_name at sysmanager net
Volker Halle
Honored Contributor

Re: Forgot OpenVMS System password

Hi,

first of all, ALWAYS issue a SPAWN command as the first DCL command - when working in this environment. This will create a subprocess, in which you can continue to work. If that subprocess fails or is terminated, you're still left with a DCL prompt and you can continue your session after another SPAWN - without having to boot again.

To install all required OpenVMS images, you can do what VMS$INITIAL-050_VMS.COM is doing:

$define /user sys$input sys$manager:vmsimages.dat
$Install := $install/nocomm/translate
$Install
$Delete/Symbol install

Volker.

P Muralidhar Kini
Honored Contributor

Re: Forgot OpenVMS System password

Hi Shashi,

You need to use the SPAWN command so that a new subprocess gets created. If something goes wrong in the subprocess, the subprocess will terminate and you will get the $ prompt again.

In the steps that you have followed, insert a SPAWN command at step 6 and
then try out the subsequent commands.

For different ways to boot the system, you can refer to
http://biophyrs.bp.dal.ca/OpenVMS/83final/ba322_90045/apbs06.html
- Booting Without a User Authorization File

Regards,
Murali
Let There Be Rock - AC/DC
shashi kanth
Super Advisor

Re: Forgot OpenVMS System password


Thank you All. With your help, the problem is solved.
Hoff
Honored Contributor

Re: Forgot OpenVMS System password

Within the cited webpage exists the "Once at the OPA0: Console $ Prompt â ¦" section. Which appears to have been skipped here.