“The password change operation failed” on VCSA

After deploying the VCSA onto one of my Lab ESXi Servers, I received the above error

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So after deploying the VCSA OVA onto my Host, i went through the initial config and once the VCSA had booted, I went to do the Networking config etc.. and saw the following screen, showing Root password not set and RPM Installation failed.  I went to change the password and the “old password” section is greyed out

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To get around this, reboot the Appliance and press ‘e’ whilst it is booting up, this will take you into the Grub Menu.

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Move the the end of the line that starts with Linux and enter the following:

rw init=/bin/bash

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Press F10 to reboot

Once in the command line enter: passwd

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Enter a new password and then type: umount /

Now reboot with the command: reboot -f

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You should now be able to log in

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