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By | Simon Sharwood 12th January 2016 02:02

Cisco forgot its own passwords for seven weeks

No, you're not the worst sysadmin in the world if you can't log on to a new UCS box

Someone's palm is digging a hole into their face at Cisco, which has just admitted it shipped a bunch of servers with the wrong default password.

“A number of C-Series servers have shipped to customers with a non-standard default password which prevents access to the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (CIMC) unless the configured password is provided,” the Borg says in a new Field Notice.

Kit made between between November 17, 2015 and January 6, 2016 was misconfigured. If you get one and try to get it working with Cisco's default admin password – “password” – you'll look like a very silly sysadmin indeed.

The fault is all Cisco's: for reasons it's not explaining, the firm instead set the default password to “Cisco1234”.

The solution to the problem is therefore very simple: just use “Cisco1234”. Then change it to something else before every script kiddie in the known universe tries to crack your UCS boxen.

The fault is no threat to anything other than your pride, but as there are likely lots of servers with the problem sitting on shelves in distributors' and resellers' warehouses, there's plenty of opportunity to look foolish during what should be routine racking and stacking sessions. ®

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