VPS Basics

Why is root SSH disabled on my VPS?

ServInt VPS servers are delivered with direct root login via SSH disabled for security reasons.

The root user on a Linux/CentOS operating system is the administrative level account. Keeping root SSH logins disabled by default helps to ensure that ServInt VPS servers are delivered with a high degree of security.

To enable root access, simply fill out a ticket in your customer portal. Alternatively, ask us how to set up SSH keys for a more secure method of accessing your server.

Click these links if you’d like to learn more about SSH logins or SSH key authentication.

For those interested, we enable root access to a VPS by editing /etc/ssh/sshd_config by changing the PermitRootLogin parameter from no to yes. The line looks like this in the sshd_config file:

#LoginGraceTime 2m
PermitRootLogin no
#StrictModes yes

Root access is needed to modify this file, but we’ll be happy to do this for you.

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