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Changing the root password for a Virtual Private Server (VPS)

To change the root password on your VPS you will need to use the command line using SSH. Please follow these steps:

  1. Log in to SSH on your VPS.
  2. Once connected issue the following command: passwd root
  3. This will bring up a new line where you enter your new password, press enter.
  4. Now re-enter the same password, press enter.

This will have now successfully changed your root password. Please ensure you set it to something complex, an alpha-numeric combination, which is not based upon dictionary words.

Important Information

Please note it is only possible to change the root password on a Self Managed VPS, this is not possible on Fully Managed VPS’.

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