Switching to the root user on my Linux server

To really get the most out of your Linux server, at some point you'll probably need to install something or change some configuration file that requires root/admin access. You can accomplish this by becoming the substitute user, super user or switch user.

Warning: Because you can do anything when you have root/admin access, it's really easy to mess up your server. Be careful.
  1. Enable root/admin access for your server.
  2. Connect via SSH to your server and run this command:
    sudo su -
  3. Enter your server password. You should now have root access.

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