How to reset ESX password 1. Power on the ESX server. At the Grub boot loader, select the “VMware ESX 4.0” entry and press a to modify the kernel arguments. 2. Add a space and the word single to the end of the list of arguments and press Enter. (Note that the first few arguments will scroll off the left hand side of the console.) 3. At the prompt, type the command passwd and press Enter. 4. Enter the command reboot and press Enter. ESX will boot normally.