I've been assigned the task of recovering the root password on a system that has a lot of data on it but the only people who know the root password have died/retired on bad terms and will not supply such.
I've messed around trying to follow this: http://docs.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Re...escuemode.html
the best I can, but no dice. Now, Red Hat won't even boot and when the computer is turned on, after the BIOS message I get the following:
Memory for crash kernel (0x0 to 0x0) not within permissible range
blah blah blah
VFS: Can't find ext3 filesystem on dev dm-0
mount: error mountaing /dev/root on sysroot as ex3: invalid argument
setuproot: moving /dev failed: no such file or directory
setuproot: error mountain /proc: no such file or directory
setuproot: error mounting /sys: no such file or directory
switchroot: mount failed: no such file or directory
Kernel panic - not syncing: attempted to kill init!
Is the drive corrupted? Is it possible to save it? The software/data on this machine is quite valuable to our company and there exist quite a few things on it that are a mystery as well. Can anyone help please? I'm not computer illiterate (BS EE), just terrified that I've done something awful and want someone knowledgeable to help.