How to Enable the root Login on Ubuntu 11.10

In this post, i will show on how to enable root login in Ubuntu 11.10 linux server. This post assumed that you already installed Ubuntu 11.10 server. Besides, that is assumed i had created the username ‘ehowstuff’ on my previous installation of Ubuntu 11.10 server and login to this Ubuntu 11.10 server as ehowstuff account.

login as: ehowstuff
ehowstuff@'s password:
Welcome to Ubuntu 11.10 (GNU/Linux 3.0.0-12-generic-pae i686)

 * Documentation:

  System information as of Tue Apr  3 20:57:51 MYT 2012

  System load:  0.11              Processes:           66
  Usage of /:   6.5% of 13.50GB   Users logged in:     1
  Memory usage: 3%                IP address for eth0:
  Swap usage:   0%

  Graph this data and manage this system at
Last login: Tue Apr  3 20:54:22 2012
To run a command as administrator (user "root"), use "sudo ".
See "man sudo_root" for details.


To enable the root login and create root password, please enter “sudo passwd root” on the terminal. Then you will be asked to enter your login password (in this case i login as ehowstuff), followed by the password of ROOT account (enter new UNIX password).

ehowstuff@ubuntu11:~$ sudo passwd root
[sudo] password for ehowstuff:
Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: password updated successfully

After this steps done, you can then directly log in as root either through putty or terminal.

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