Reset password on FreeNAS

  1. Boot your FreeNAS system and wait for the Console Setup menu to appear at the end of the boot process.
  2. If you have access to the system’s keyboard and monitor, you can use the Console Setup menu to administer the system. If not, you can access the Console Setup menu from within the FreeNAS GUI by typing “/etc/netcli” from Shell.
  3. Select option 7, “Reset WebGUI login credentials,” if you are unable to log in to the graphical administrative interface.
  4. This option will reset the system to not require a username and password to log in. However, this is not a permanent solution, so don’t forget to immediately set the administrative username and password once you enter the GUI.
  5. If you want to delete all of the configuration changes made in the administrative GUI, select option 8, “Reset to factory defaults.”
  6. Once the configuration is reset, the system will reboot. You will need to go to Storage → Volumes → Auto Import Volume to re-import your volume.
  7. If you want to completely reset your FreeNAS system to the default base version, including deleting user SSH keys and any other data stored in a user’s home directory, select “Factory Restore.” However, keep in mind that any configuration changes stored in the configuration database will be erased, so use this option only if you mess up your system or want to return a test system to the original configuration.

That’s it! By following these steps, you should be able to reset your FreeNAS password and restore your system to its default configuration.


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