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Managing SSH Keys with WHM

To manage SSH keys, follow this guide as it will show you how to add, import and manage them with your server.  SSH keys will be divided into two types: public and private.

Step 1:  Log in to your WHM account

Step 2:  Click on the Security Center button


WHM Security Center Icon Location Image


Step 3:  Click on Manage root’s SSH Keys button


WHM Manage SSH roots key location image


[notification type=”alert-warning” close=”false” ]You can equally search for security center in the WHM search box in the top-left, and then click on Manage root’s SSH Keys under the available options within the column[/notification]


How Do I Generate A New SSH Key?

This section will show you how to generate a new key, public or private.

Step 1:  Click the Generate New Key button


WHM Generate New SSH Key Button Location Image


Step 2:  Create a unique key name in the Key Name text box

Step 3:  Enter a password for the key name if you wish


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  • 3a:  Confirm password, if necessary
  • 3b:  You can use the Password Generator to generate a random password



Step 4:  Pick your preferred Key Type


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  • RSA – Faster verification times
  • DSA – Faster generation and signing times



Step 5:  Select your preferred Key Size


[notification type=”alert-warning” close=”false” ]Higher the size, the better the security, but the slower the authentication speed[/notification]


Step 6:  Click the Generate Key button


Showing the Manage root’s SSH Keys form in WHM


How Do I Import An SSH Key?

Step 1:  Click the Import Key button


Import SSH Key Location Image


Step 2:  Create a custom key name in the first text box


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a. When you create a custom key name, the SSH key must be specified when you log in to the server
b. To be specific you’ll need to run the following command:



Step 3:  Enter the Private key passphrase in the text box if you’re using a PPK (PuTTY Key Generator) file

Step 4:  Paste the Private key into the box

Step 5:  Paste the Public key into the box

Step 6:  Click the Import button


Showing the Manage root’s SSH Keys Import key form in WHM


How Do I Manage The Keys?

You can manage the keys you create and import through the Public and Private Keys tables at the bottom of the Manage root’s SSH Keys section. You can perform the following actions: Delete Key, View/Download Key and Manage Authorization.


Showing the Manage roots SSH Key form 2 in WHM


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