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Oops. Forgot password. Any way to recover?

Bjarne's picture

This is embarrasing.

Configured a turnkey wordpress installation, and while focusing on content, completely forgot passwords to webmin, ftp and so on.

Is there any way to recover that?

 

Best regards

Bjarne

Jeremy Davis's picture

Have you set up the instance with SSH keys? If so then it's really easy. Just log in with SSH (using your keys). Then you should be able to reset passwords pretty easy. Webmin using the root account for login, so resetting the root password will fix that:
passwd root
WordPress password reset will require you to re-run the inithook. OTTOMH it be should be something like:
/usr/lib/inithooks/bin/wordpress.py

If you don't have keys, then it will depend on where you have the server running. If you are running this locally (either bare metal or VM) then you have a range of options to reset the root user account password. The 2 that spring to mind are using a Linux "Live CD/USB" to boot the machine and chroot into your OS. THe other is to boot into single user mode on boot.

Sorry I haven't given full details or step-by-step for those possibilities. I don't actually recall the steps OTTOMH but you should be able to find plenty of info via google. Note that under the hood TurnKey is Debian (v14.x = Debian Jessie). Ubuntu is also derived from Debian so most info relevant to Ubuntu servers should also apply.

Hope that helps.

Bjarne's picture

A collague of me had the root password noted. We're back in :) Running a WordPress intranet site in a HyperV virtual machine for some months now, some thousands hits every day. Works just fine :)

Thanks :)

Using Turnkey WordPress and I LIKE it :)

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