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Dell VSAN Ready Node: What is the Default VMWare ESXi Root password for 14G Servers?

Summary: Information on changes to factory installed VMWare ESXi operating systems relating to 14G DellEMC PowerEdge servers.

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This article provides information about changes on factory installed VMWare ESXi operating systems with the launch of the 14th generation (14G) of DellEMC PowerEdge servers. 14G servers include the following models R740XD, R740, R640, R540, R440, T640, T440, M640 and FC640. These servers are called VSAN Ready Node as they are designed and optimized to run with VMWare Operating System.

What is the VMware Dell Server defaut password?

There are 2 changes regarding the factory installation of VMWare ESXi operating systems. Depending of the configuration purchased the password will be

Shipped Configuration Default Password
VSAN VMware ESXi 6.5 Embedded image Passw0rd!
14G + normal VMware ESXi 6.7 image Tag!
14G + normal VMware ESXi 6.5 image Tag!
Factory installation for former 13G No Settings


  1. The root password is the Service Tag of the machine followed by the character "!". This can be changed during deployment.
    Previously there was no password set and this change only affects 14G systems. Example : "AAAXXX1!"


    QNA44193_en_US__1icon Note: if there is a post factory change, the password will be set as "Passw0rd!"

    The following message can appear and explains that the root password is the service tag followed by the exclamation mark:


  2. OS Installations with the BOSS-S1 device will not have the VMFS datastore enabled by default.
    Dell EMC BOSS-S1 boot devices meets all the TBW requirements for both boot devices and Logging devices. (Documentation regarding boot devices can be found in the following VMware KB article : )

QNA44193_en_US__1icon Note: DellEMC 13G PowerEdge servers, factory installed with VMWare ESXi, will continue to have no password set for root username.

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PowerEdge FC640, PowerEdge M640, PowerEdge R440, PowerEdge R540, PowerEdge R640, PowerEdge R740, PowerEdge R740xd, PowerEdge T440, PowerEdge T640, VMware ESXi 6.5.X, VMware ESXi 6.x

Last Published Date

25 Feb 2022



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