Root Access for Dedicated Servers

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While using your Dedicated Server plan, you may find yourself needing to perform tasks that require root level access. For example, installing software or making configuration changes can sometimes require root access in order to complete. As root access allows for the highest degree of control over your server software, it is important to know what you’re doing before performing tasks using root access. In this article, we will show you how to request Root Access for your dedicated server.

Requesting Root Access

  1. First, login to your AMP (Account Management Panel).
  2. Next, find your Dedicated Hosting plan and click the Request Root Access button.
  3. On the next page, be sure to read over the information about obtaining Root Access.
  4. Then, click the check box next to “I fully understand the responsibility and stipulations set forth in obtaining root access.
  5. Once that is done, you will then see the GET MY ROOT PASSWORD button appear. Click it to proceed.
  6. After clicking the button, please allow some time for the password to be provisioned.
  7. Once provisioned, you will see your Root Password displayed, and a message stating “For security reasons this password will only be shown for 5 minutes after it has been reset. Make sure to write it down or store it in a password storage program before that time expires“.

Congratulations, now you know how to request root access to your dedicated server!

As stated previously, it is recommended that users only perform root-level actions if they are comfortable doing so. Misusing root access may lead to data loss, system instability, or the intrusion of malicious software that could cause serious interruptions to your server operations. While some operations require root-level access to complete, a vast majority do not. As such, it is recommended to only use root access when absolutely necessary.

If you need to copy cPanel accounts between servers, you can do so using the root password! Check out this guide on copying multiple accounts from one server to another!

Alyssa Kordek Content Writer I

Alyssa started working for InMotion Hosting in 2015 as a member of the Technical Support team. Before being promoted to Technical Writer, Alyssa developed expertise in the fields of server hardware, Linux operating systems, cPanel, and WordPress. She now works to produce quality technical content featuring cutting-edge topics such as machine learning, data center infrastructure, and graphics card technology.

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