Due to the security of the authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) feature, you are not able to perform the standard password recovery procedure on an ADTRAN Operating System (AOS) unit, until AAA is disabled. This guide will aid in recovering a password on an AOS device that has AAA configured, by providing the necessary steps to disable AAA, to prepare the unit for the standard password recovery in AOS.
The AOS device will need to be taken offline and rebooted multiple times; therefore, a maintenance window is recommend to perform these tasks.
To recover a password, the changes will have to be made through the Console port using the command line interface (CLI) of the AOS unit (this procedure cannot be performed remotely over Telnet, SSH, or the web interface). Here is a guide about how to access the CLI: Accessing the Command Line Interface in AOS
bootstrap: Primary image is 'NONVOL:/NV5305A-18-01-05-E.biz'.
bootstrap: User escaped to command line interface.
cli: starting command line interface...
cli: starting user interface
Press '?' for help.
While in the bootstrap mode, issue the following commands:
The unit will boot up without a running-config. At this point, you will need to get into Priveleged Exec mode and then view the startup-configuration file with the following commands (Note: this command varies depending if the unit has CFlash. Both commands are listed below.😞
#show file startup-config
#show file flash startup-config
Copy the entire contents of this output to a text editor (such as Notepad)
Remove the line that enables AAA (aaa on) from the text file
Enter Global configuration mode by issuing the configure terminal command
Paste the entire contents of the file you previously edited
After the file has been pasted, exit Global configuration, by issuing the exit command
Save the configuration (which now has AAA disabled) with the write command