1) Reboot the box and press SPACE when you see the following screen to get to the loader prompt.
writing to flash... Protected 1 sectors Loading /boot/defaults/loader.conf /kernel data=0x9f5c18+0xd8d68 syms=[0x4+0x7e350+0x4+0xb49c7] Hit [Enter] to boot immediately, or space bar for command prompt. Booting [/kernel] in 1 second... Type '?' for a list of commands, 'help' for more detailed help. loader>
2) Type “boot -s” in this prompt
3) After a while you will see a screen like below. Type “recovery” to continue
System watchdog timer disabled Enter full pathname of shell or 'recovery' for root password recovery or RETURN
NOTE: If you don’t see this prompt for recovery but instead “Enter root password”, then password recovery must have been disabled via the configuration “set system ports console insecure” which means you can’t recover the password via this method.
4) In the end you will see that you will drop to the shell without any password. Once you type configure and followed by the “set system root-authentication plain-text-password”, you will have the new password assigned. Don’t forget to commit
NOTE: Once in the CLI, you will need to enter configuration mode using NOTE: the 'configure' command to make any required changes. For example, NOTE: to reset the root password, type: NOTE: configure NOTE: set system root-authentication plain-text-password NOTE: (enter the new password when asked) NOTE: commit NOTE: exit NOTE: exit NOTE: When you exit the CLI, you will be asked if you want to reboot NOTE: the system Starting CLI ... root> configure Entering configuration mode root# set system root-authentication plain-text-password New password: Retype new password: