This topic describes how to reset the logon password of an ECS instance. This topic is applicable to scenarios such as when you forget the password or when you did not set a password during instance creation.
- After you reset the logon password of an instance that is in the Running state, you must restart the instance to make the new password take effect. When you restart the instance, your services may be affected. We recommend that you reset the logon password during off-peak hours to avoid service disruption.
- If the instance is a Linux instance, you can log on to the instance by using the password or the key pair. If you only use the password for authentication, this authentication method becomes invalid after you attach a key pair to your instance. If you want to use both methods to log on to the instance, you must reset its logon password.
- You can also change the logon password of an instance by connecting to the instance. The change takes effect immediately and you do not need to restart the instance. For more information, see Change the logon password of an instance by connecting to the instance.
- Log on to the ECS console.
- In the left-side navigation pane, choose .
- In the top navigation bar, select a region.
- Based on the number of instances for which you want to change passwords, you can perform
- To reset the password of a single instance, find the instance and choose Actions column. in the
- To reset the password of multiple instances, select the instances and click Reset Password below the instance list.
- In the Reset Password dialog box, enter a valid new password and click Submit.
- Based on the instance status, you can perform one of the following operations to make
the new password take effect:
- If the instance is in the Running state, click Restart Now.
- If the instance is in the Stopped state, click Cancel and manually restart the instance.
If you click Restart Now, an error is displayed, indicating that this operation is not supported while the instance is in the current state. However, the password is already reset and will take effect the next time the instance starts.