IntroductionIf you forget your Syst password, or are otherwise locked out of the server, you will be pleased to know that is isn't overly secure.
Here are two methods that you can try:
Making a FileStore startup disc
With reference to the above picture...
Accessing other devicesIt appears that once you are logged into the server, you are logged in. You can access any of the files on any of the discs using the privileges to which you are granted. In the case of a system manager (i.e. the Syst account) you have complete access. For regular users, much stuff outside of their own URD will be either read-only or inaccessible.
Therefore, it should not be too traumatic an event, should you take delivery of a FileStore from, for example, eBay - to get yourself in and then access the passwords file on the harddisc in order to blank it and create your own.
You might wonder why I advised to disconnect the harddisc unit above. This is because the server looks for users from the leftmost drive, and the harddisc is more left than the floppies.
However, if you disconnect the harddisc, you can log in to the floppy. Why would you want to do this? Well, you can log in as Syst and then create a unique user (pick a name unlikely to exist in the harddisc users file - Hitomi or Nataliya...) which you can assign as having supervisor privileges.
In other words, after logging in as Syst...
Then switch off, reconnect the harddisc, and after switching back on...
*I Am NataliyaThen, ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom, you'll be in, system manager access.
I know, I know. It doesn't look terribly inspiring. There were no bells and whistles and "PROTECTION BREACHED" messages all over the screen, along with klaxons and flashing red lights. Sorry, that sort of stuff only happens in really bad movies.
Sometimes it just ain't that easy!If you are supplying somebody with a device that contains built-in security, then basic etiquette requires that you remove such security as a matter of good faith. Or, at the very least, that you supply the manager password.
The sad reality of the matter, these days, is that you may be offered the FileStore by somebody who 'inherited' the thing, found it in a cupboard, etc, and simply doesn't know what the heck it is - if for no other reason than I guess they never thought to Google and find my EEA! ☺
Imagine, if you will, if *FSMaxDrive has been set to 3 (disabling floppies) and *FSUser has set a custom non-Syst default user.
Now what? The answer is simple. You cannot log into the server. It is inaccessible.
Um... yeah... but not for us... ☺
Getting in, the brute force methodIt has always been said that no matter how many layers of security you provide, nothing can keep a determined person out once they have physical access to the server.
This scenario is the one that faced Mark Ferns, and now he shall describe how he got into the server:
If you get a Filestore which will not allow you to login either as Syst (or, sometimes, Boot) it is possible that the accounts have been locked or deleted. If the administrator really wanted to make life difficult he could have also set *FSMaxDrive 3 which would disable both floppy drives and prevent you booting from a formatted floppy disc. The only way around this problem is to either get hold of a second E01 (E01S) and connect the hard disc to that and boot off floppy or "break-in" to the Filestore and either remove or short the CMOS memory!
To short the CMOS memory, open up the E01/E01S and locate IC2 (under floppy disc drive 4). There should be an HD146818P (or xxxx6818 equivalent) Real-Time Clock chip in the socket.
Rick's note: I've seen those NiCad batteries pack a punch and burn out tracks so you short at your own risk.Here is a diagram of the 6818 chip:
If you removed the chip, re-insert it now (otherwise the FileStore will not boot) and power-on with your boot floppy inserted in drive 4. If the CMOS has been successfully cleared, it will now check the floppy drives for discs.
Login as Syst, it will take a while as it will load the account info off the floppy. You are now in a position to reset the passwords on the FileStore hard disc.
I've done the NVRAM reset, but don't have a boot floppy!This is described above. The bit with the screendump of all these *Commands? That'll set you up with a floppy...