Changing your root password on a CentOS server

You can change your root password on your CentOS server via SSH, with some simple commands;

1. First of all, log in to the server via SSH.
2. When logged in, if you are using the root user you just need to type:
sudo passwd root

If you already have root permissions, you will not need to type ‘sudo’. You can also change the ‘root’ to be a different user if you’ve set one up. If you type “passwd” alone, it will change the password for your current user. Here’s an example of a root user changing their own password with a shorter command:

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