Changing the Root Password on Juniper JunOS Switches

In this short blog, I show how to easily change the root password on Juniper JunOS [JunOS 11.1R6.4] switches. It’s important to note, on a switch reset to default configuration, you can easily log into the switch with just the ‘root’ username without a password, however, you will not be able to ‘commit’ changes to the configuration until you set the root password; if you attempt to do so, you will get an error message stating “Missing mandatory statement: ‘root-authentication’error: configuration check-out failed: (missing statements)”. Below is a screenshot from a Juniper EX4200-48T displaying how to set/change the root password.

Juniper EX4200-48T - configuring the root password

Juniper EX4200-48T - configuring the root password

Optionally, if you strengthen security by only allowing root access from the console port, you can utilize the following command under ‘edit/config’ mode:
“set system services ssh root-login deny” for ssh or “set system services telnet root-login deny” for telnet.


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