1.4.2 - Changing the admin password

This section describes the steps necessary to change the administrator password. Follow the instructions provided here step by step.

Step one: Changing the value in the system partition

While the server is up and running, change the value of the userPassword attribute of the admin (uid=admin,ou=system) via LDAP. There are several ways to accomplish this task. In the following, we use the Eclipse based Apache Directory Studio.

A new LDAP connection with this tool is created via "New Connection ..." from the Connections view. Enter your connection data in the first step ...

New LDAP connection

... and in the next step, enter the admin DN uid=admin,ou=system and the current password (default is "secret"). Saving the password is not necessary, we will change it anyway.

New LDAP connection

Click Finish to establish the connection.

Afterwards, modify the value of the userPassword attribute of the entry uid=admin,ou=system. Navigate to the entry in the DIT (LDAP Browser view), and double click the attribute in the Entry Editor view:

Entry Editor

The Password Editor dialog shows up; enter the new password. You can optionally select a hash algorithm like SHA. In this case, the password will be stored one-way encrypted in the attribute value -- not a bad idea.

Password Editor

Pressing OK stores the new value. Close the connection and shutdown the server.

Step two: Verification

Verify that you can login as admin with the new password. With Apache Directory Studio, you can change the properties of the existing connection profile via a right click in the Connections view and a selection of the Properties menu item. The following dialog appears:

Connection Properties

Enter the new password and press OK. Establishing a connection should now work.