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As has been asked before (here and here) I need to set a password during commissioning for my nodes. I realize that ssh keys are set (and I have one) but I need to log in to the node directly as networking is not coming up properly.

Is there a way to change this in the preseed?

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As stated in MAAS documentation, altering the preseed files is not recommended, because it might prevent MAAS from properly commissioning and installing nodes.

Are you able to connect to the node using SSH and user ubuntu? If so, looking in /var/log/dmesg and /var/log/syslog can help diagnosing startup and networking issues.

If you need to alter the preseeds, you can find the full documentation, describing all supported settings here. There is a section about changing the default root user account and password (see "Account setup"). If you change these though, MAAS might have trouble bringing the node up to Ready state.

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