How-To: Resetting the Sitecore Admin Password

July 08, 2015 Mike Skutta

As part of our efforts to share the latest technologies and capabilities in the world of digital marketing and web development, we’ll be posting a series of articles on Sitecore, one of the most impressive experience platforms available today. Though this post will primarily be relevant to developers, we hope the content remains interesting to all of our readers and provides some insight into the more technical aspects of the digital development world.

In web development, it is a best practice to reset the production password of the database whenever you are pulling it down for developers to use. When doing this in Sitecore, there is a simple procedure for resetting the Admin password back to the default password of “b.” Here’s how:

The following SQL statement can be used to reset the “sitecore\admin” password to “b”:

This approach has been confirmed to work on Sitecore 6.6, 7.2, and 7.5.

Want to learn more about Sitecore? Read more about using the Express Subitem Module, Using NuGet to Add Items to TDS Projects or installing Sitecore vCards.

Mike Skutta also has several posts on the Sitecore Blog here.


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Mike Skutta Architect

As an Architect within the Technology Labs group at One North, Mike works to research, test and integrate new technologies for both One North and its clients. He is also a Sitecore Technology MVP – a distinction received by only 217 people worldwide – and holds more than 14 years of experience architecting, designing, developing software and leading technology teams. Based in Florida, Mike is often seen wheeling around the office via our robot.

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