Enabling Shell access for users

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Shell access refers to SSH, which is a way of securely accessing a server remotely. Shell access is potentially a powerful tool used to manage a server, but can also be problematic if the wrong commands are used.

The administrator of a dedicated server has complete access to the server and can make any changes whatsoever to the file system. Users, however, can be restricted to a normal shell or to a jailed shell through the use of jailshell. Jailshell restricts the user to their own files, and is strongly recommended to ensure a higher level of security.

To manage shell access, start by logging on to WHM as root.

 

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Open the "Account Functions" menu.

Click on "Manage Shell Access".

Finally, you can enable or disable Jailshell or the normal shell access.

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