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Reset the ESET Remote Administrator Console password (5.x)


  • Cannot log in to the ESET Remote Administrator Console (ERAC)


ESET Remote Administrator (ERA) should be installed on a computer which is accessible by system or network administrators only. The information in this article is intended for such users. The ESET Remote Administrator Console (ERAC) password is used to prevent unauthorized changes to the ESET Remote Administrator Server (ERAS) settings. By default, this password is blank (If no password has been created, leave the Password field blank and click OK when prompted). However, if a previously created password has been lost or forgotten, the password can be reset.


A new version has been released

Version 6 of ESET Remote Administrator (ERA) and ESET business products were released in North America December 11th, 2014, and globally February 25th, 2015. This article applies to version 5.x and earlier ESET business products. For information about what's new in the latest version and how to upgrade, see the following article:

Make sure hidden files and folders are visible

Click StartControl PanelFolder Options (or Appearance and Personalizations, depending on your operating system) → Show hidden files and folders under Folder Options and selecting Show hidden files and folders.

Using ESET Configuration Editor

  1. Navigate to the appropriate directory below depending on your operating system:

    Microsoft Windows Vista, 7, 8.x and 10: C:\ProgramData\ESET\Remote Administrator\Server\Configuration\ERA_Private.xml.

    Microsoft Windows XP/2003: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ESET\ESET Remote Administrator\Server \configuration\ERA_Private.xml.
  2. Right-click ERA_Private.xml and select Open with ESET Configuration Editor from the context menu.

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  3. Expand Remote AdministratorERA ServerSettingsInstallPassword for Console (Administrator Access) and click Set Password.
  4. Enter your new password into the Value field and click OK (if you leave these fields blank, no password will be required to log in to ERAC—when prompted the user leaves the Password field blank and click OK).

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  5. Click the diskette icon (or File Save) to save your changes and exit ESET Configuration Editor.
  6. Restart the ESET Remote Administrator Server service.
  7. When you are finished, open the ESET Remote Administrator Console and login using the password you set in step 4.

Alternative Method

  1. Click Start Run and type: C:\ProgramData\ESET\ESET Remote Administrator\Server\configuration

    Microsoft Windows XP/2003 users: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ESET\ESET Remote Administrator\Server\configuration

  2. Click OK. Right-click the era_private.xml file and select Open With Wordpad from the context menu.
  3. Remove the entire tag containing 'ps_password_hash_con'. Close and save the file.

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  4. Restart the ESET Remote Administrator Server service. You will now be able to open ERAC without entering a password (When prompted for a password, leave it blank and click OK).


If you can log in to  ERA5 console, but cannot access  the web interface (dashboard), then open era_http_server.xml using a simple text editor (e.g. Notepad), look up the following code snippet:

<OPTION OPTNAME="Location" DESC="Where to find the plugin's DLL" VALUE="C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Remote Administrator\Server\httpd_plugin.dll" />

and in that code make sure the path to httpd_plugin.dll found in VALUE  matches the path to ERA 5 installation directory. For example, if ERA 5 is installed in Program Files (x86), but you have in the path above  Program Files only, make sure to add the missing (x86) part.


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