Resetting your CF Admin password

Posted: December 13, 2007 in ColdFusion

Hello World,

If you are anything like me you can’t wait until passwords are replaced with biometric authentication.

Geek Phrase of the Day:

Biometric authentication is the verification of a user’s identity by means of a physical trait or behavioral characteristic that can’t easily be changed.

However until that day we need to rely on our own “grey matter” to remember the dozens of username/password combinations. Thus the reason for this little tip.

You can reset your ColdFusion Administrator password by following these easy steps (works for ColdFusion 6 MX, ColdFusion 7 MX, and ColdFusion 8):

  • Stop the “ColdFusion MX Application Server” Service.
  • Open the “neo-security.xml” file contained in [your cf install root]\lib.
  • Find the line: “<var name=’’><boolean value=’true’/></var>”, change the true to false, and then save the file.
  • Restart the “ColdFusion MX Application Server” Service.
  • Go into the ColdFusion Administrator again and set a new password.

Remembering Passwords Rule Number 5: If it takes you longer than 60 seconds to think of a password you probably won’t remember it.

Remembering Passwords Rule Number6: Don’t. Get RoboForm. It remembers the passwords for you and you can place it on a USB drive to carry it with you – no matter where you go.

now what’s that Italian word for see ya … πŸ™‚

  1. David says:

    Step 1b: Make a back up copy of β€œneo-security.xml” πŸ™‚

  2. therush says:

    Good point. Isn’t “Make a Backup” like, the 11th commandment? πŸ˜‰

  3. George says:


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