What to do with root access

In this article I’ll be going over some common things you might want to try out after just getting root access on either your VPS (Virtual Private Server) or dedicated server.

What is root access?

The root user on a server is the user account with the highest level of access and privileges to all of your files, logs, and settings on the server. This user can also commonly be referred to as the administrator account of the server.

When you connect to your server via SSH as the root user, or you login to WHM you’ll have more access and options available.

This is just a brief break-down of what you can do with root access:

  • Edit any file on the server
  • Install server wide applications
  • Configure server-wide applications like Apache or MySQL

Things that require root access

Below is a collection of our articles that demonstrates some of the things that you can accomplish when you already have root access on your server.

You should now have a good understanding of what you can do with your newly granted root access to your server.

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  • I also have VPS-1000S plan, set root password, ssh connection and IP access firewall. I want to access via SSH as root, but it keeps denying me the acces. What am I doing wrong?

    • What command are you using to open the connection? You should be able to open any terminal emulator and type $ssh [email protected] -p22, provided of course you have covered the other steps you mentioned, and it sounds like you have.b

  • Hi, I have a VPS-1000S plan, set root password, ssh connection and IP access firewal but I can not identify myself as superuser (root), I use osx, of course thanks for your time, a greeting!

    • Hello David,

      Thanks for the question about getting yourself identified as root. There is only one “root” user, but you can set yourself as a “reseller” in WHM – this will allow that username to access WHM. You would need to go to Reseller Center and then Add Reseller Account Privileges to the user of a particular cPanel account. If you were looking for something different, please let us know.

      Arnel C.

  • Setting up my own nameservers also requires it.

    I know because I just tried in WHM in my new Inmotion account and the screen is missing the “Assign IP address” button and the “Add an A entry for this nameserver” button as well as th entire “The root account’s default nameservers used when root creates an account” option.

    Urggg!  (thanks)

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