How To Change the Root Password in WHM

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The root password is the key to full control over your server, and it’s essential that it remains secure. At some point, nearly every server administrator will need to change the root password, either to revoke access to previously authorized individuals or due to an internal password policy. Additionally, the server’s root password should be changed any time a security breach is suspected.

If your server is running cPanel and you have access to WebHost Manager, changing the server’s root password is a matter of only a few clicks.

Once you’ve logged into WHM with the current root password, select Change Root Password from the list on the left, under Server Configuration.

Enter a Strong New Password

Once you’ve selected a new root password (you can use any combination of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters to increase the password strength), enter the new password twice, then click the Change Password button. That’s all there is to it; you now can close out of WHM and log back in with the new password.

Note: Any time you update the server’s root password, please also update our records in your Manage dashboard so that our Heroic Support® technicians can continue to proactively monitor your server. If you change the root password without updating our records, we won’t be able to automatically attempt to resolve any issues that occur.


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