Mukarram Syed wrote:
Thanks for this response and others.
However, my problem does not look to be so simple.

I boot off the install cd and get into the fixit prompt.

I dmesg | less and get the device name that I think is my hard drive /dev/ad0.
I fdisk /dev/ad0 and get information about 3 slices.  I am think /dev/ad0 slice 
3 is the root file system because slice 3 has a greatest amount of disk space 
and that looks like my root partition
Then I ls -l /dev |grep ad0 and it spits out a number for /dev/ad0 like ad0s0 
ad0s1 ad0s3 etc.
I am assuming /dev/ad0s3 is slice 3 which I believe it to be my root partition.
So I mount it:
mount /dev/ad0s3 /mnt
I do a df -k and find that /mnt has 0 bytes available.  To check I cd /mnt and 
ls and don't find any data in it.
I check/dev/ad0s2 /dev/ad0s1 in the same way.  None of it has any data.

I guess there is something else that I am missing at this point.

Can anyone advise.


# mukarram

 Mukarram Syed

There must be something wrong if don't see any partitions in any of the slices. You should see something like

ad0s1a, ad0s1d, ad0s1f ...

Are you able to boot the server normally, from its own disk?
Are you able to boot into single user mode, by selecting it from the boot menu?

If you can boot into single user mode, you can change the password immediately by doing something like:

mount -o rw  /
mount -a
(then exit and boot will continue)

If you are asked for a root password when going into single user mode, your console has been marked as 'insecure' in /etc/ttys. You will need to boot with the live CD, mount the root partition and change /etc/ttys, then reboot in single user mode and change the password. This is the easiest way IMHO. If you are not asked for a password when getting into single user mode, you don't need the live CD at all.
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