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 were misconfigured. If you get one and try to get them working with Cisco’s default admin password – “password” – you’ll look like a very silly sysadmin indeed.
The fault’s all Cisco’s: for reasons it’s not explaining it instead set the default password to “Cisco1234”.
The solution to the problem is therefore very simple: just use “Cisco1234”. And then of course 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.