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Who is root?

User root is the super user under Unix. It has complete access to everything on the machine and can circumvent all file security. Unlike administrator under Windows, root access is not normally allowed over the network (e.g. you cannot log in with ssh, telnet, ftp, imap, etc.). This mitigates the risks of unauthorised access

At the console, you can log in as root directly. If you are not at the console, you will need to log on using ssh as ncadmin and then change to root using the su - command. After typing su -, you will be prompted for the root password.

We recommend you change the default root password

Changing the root password

  • Log onto the console as root to get to the console menu
  • Choose option A Ongoing Server Administration
  • Choose option R Change 'root' password
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