Change node console passwords

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Each node in your grid has a unique node console password, which you need to log in to the node. Use these steps to change each unique node console password for each node in your grid.

What you’ll need
  • You are signed in to the Grid Manager using a supported web browser.

  • You have the Maintenance or Root access permission.

  • You have the current provisioning passphrase.

About this task

Use the node console password to log in to a node as “admin” using SSH, or to the root user on a VM/physical console connection. The change node console password process creates new passwords for each node in your grid and stores the passwords in an updated Passwords.txt file in the Recovery Package. The passwords are listed in the Password column in the Passwords.txt file.

Note There are separate SSH access passwords for the SSH keys used for communication between nodes. The SSH access passwords are not changed by this procedure.

Access the wizard

  1. Select CONFIGURATION > Access control > Grid passwords.

    Grid passwords
  2. Select Make a change under Change node console passwords.

Enter the provisioning passphrase

  1. Enter your provisioning passphrase.

    Enter provisioning passphrase
  2. Select Continue.

Download the current Recovery Package

  1. Select Download recovery package.

    You can use the old passwords in the current Recovery Package if the password change process fails for any node.

    Download current recovery package
  2. Copy the Recovery Package file (.zip) to two safe, secure, and separate locations.

    Caution The Recovery Package file must be secured because it contains encryption keys and passwords that can be used to obtain data from the StorageGRID system.
  3. Select Continue.

Change node console passwords

  1. Select Yes to confirm you want to change the node console passwords.

    Start passwords change

    When you select Yes, a new Recovery Package is generated with the new passwords. It might take a few minutes to generate the new Recovery Package with the new passwords.

    When you select Cancel you are returned to the previous page.

  2. Select Download new recovery package.

    Download new recovery package.png
  3. When the download completes:

    1. Open the .zip file.

    2. Extract the contents of the .zip file.

    3. Confirm you can open the Passwords.txt file and that the contents are readable.

  4. Copy the new Recovery Package file (.zip) to two safe, secure, and separate locations.

    Caution Do not overwrite the old Recovery Package.

    You should either just view the Passwords.txt file, or if that is not possible, delete the extracted Passwords.txt file before copying the Recovery Package to the two separate secure locations. The Recovery Package file must be secured because it contains encryption keys and passwords that can be used to obtain data from the StorageGRID system.

  5. Select the check box to indicate you have downloaded the new Recovery Package and verified the content.

  6. Select Change node console passwords and wait for all node passwords to be updated. This might take a few minutes.

    If passwords are changed for all nodes, a green success banner appears. Go to the next step.

    If there is an error during the update process, a banner message lists the number of nodes that failed to have their passwords changed. The system will automatically retry the process on any node that failed to have its password changed. If the process ends with some nodes still not having a changed password, the Retry button appears.

    If the password update failed for one or more nodes:

    1. Review the error messages listed in the table.

    2. Resolve the issues.

    3. Select Retry.

      Note Retrying only changes the node console passwords on the nodes that failed during previous password change attempts.
  7. After node console passwords have been changed for all nodes, delete the old Recovery Package.

  8. Optionally, use the Recovery package link to download an additional copy of the new Recovery Package.