How to reset Aruba Controller password

To restore admin access to Aruba Controller, follow these steps:

  1. Login to Aruba Controller via console.
  2. In username field, type “password” and “forgetme!” as password.
  3. It will prompt enable password, use “enable”.
  4. To reset the password, in configuration mode, enter “mgmt-user admin root”.
  5. Enter your desired admin password and re-type to confirm it.
  6. Exit to the configuration mode and try to login using new password.
  7. After successful login, you can reset the enable password
  8. In configuration mode, enter “enable secret”.

In CLI, it will shows like this.

User: password
Password: forgetme!
(Aruba-Controller) >enable 
Password: enable
(Aruba-Controller) #configure terminal
Enter Configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z
(aruba) (config) #mgmt-user admin root
Password: <new admin password>
Re-Type password: <new admin password>
(Aruba-Controller)(config) #exit
(Aruba-Controller) #exit
(Aruba-Controller) >exit

Login using your new password.

User: admin
Password: <new admin password>
(Aruba-Controller)>enable
Password: enable
(Aruba-Controller)#configure terminal
Enter Configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z
(Aruba-Controller)(config) #enable secret
Password: <new enable password>
Re-Type password: <new enable password>
(Aruba-Controller)(config) #write memory

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