How to login post installation? No password for root.

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#1 Wed, 10/09/2019 - 09:03

How to login post installation? No password for root.

Hello everyone,

I just finished installing vitrualmin on digitalocean centos droplet by following this guide: The droplet access is SSH, so root does not have a password. Now when installation is finished I get to the login screen but can't login. Can anyone help with a solution for this? Must I create a droplet with root password in order for virtualmin to work?


Wed, 10/09/2019 - 09:50


You would need to either set a password for root, or, you can also create a new system user that has sudo access.

Note that you wouldn't need to re-create your VPS, you can set a root password just by running "passwd root" after logging in via SSH.


Thu, 10/24/2019 - 02:52

Hey Eric,

Thank you so much for your reply (I recognize your "Howdy" from many other posts I have gone over in the past week). I actually just saw it now, was not set up to get email notifications, changed it now. What I ended up doing is reinstalling Virtualmin :) I did not find the solution to create a root password so I just created a new machine with password access.

What I need help with now is regarding passwordless access. I'd like to add my local public key to the server but can't see to get it to work. I don't need to generate a key, I just need to add my key to the authorized_keys, but I can't find how to do it. When going to SSH Server > Host SSH Keys, (as mentioned is some forums posts here), I try to add my key there but there is no option to save, only to "return to module index". I would really love some help in getting this done so I can turn off the password login.


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