See some common hurdles to logging into a server over SSH.### Try to Login
Too many authentication errors for user root.
ssh -vvv email@example.com
See which keys it tries. For me, it reaches its max of 6 before failing. I don't have an ssh key setup; We want it to fall back to asking for a password.
# Don't use public key authentication ssh -o "PubkeyAuthentication no" firstname.lastname@example.org
This will ask me for a password rather than attempt public key authentication.
On first login of this Debian server, I'm asked to create a new root password. This may or may not happen for you.
Create an SSH Key
Let's create an SSH key so we can login more securely. Locally on my Macintosh, I create an SSH key pair:
cd ~/.ssh ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -C "email@example.com" -f id_sshex
I created a passwordless key pair here, but in production, I would always use a password. This becomes the password used to login. The password assigned to the linux user (root, in this video), is separate, and may still be needed after logging in.
On my Mac, I copied the newly created public key into my clipboard:
cat ~/.ssh/id_sshex.pub | pbcopy
Then back in the remote server, I add the public key to my user's
# Log back in if necessary ssh -o "PubkeyAuthentication no" firstname.lastname@example.org # Open authorized_keys for editind and # paste the public key in vim ~/.ssh/authorized_keys
Once that key is all set, you may still receive authentication errors. In my case, SSH tried my other defined keys, reaching its maximum before attempting to use my new SSH key.
# Still didn't work, as described above ssh -i "~/.ssh/id_sshex" email@example.com # However, this works! ssh -o "IdentitiesOnly yes" \ -i "/Users/fideloper/.ssh/id_sshex" firstname.lastname@example.org