SME Server:Documentation:User Manual:Chapter1
Chapter 1 - Access
The user's password gives access to server login, file storage, email accounts and the like. If a user's password is lost the administrator can reset to a new value, but not retrieve the old one. Passwords must be sufficiently complex, with the rules controlled by the server administrator.
Users can reset their passwords at www.yourserver.net/user-password
For windows clients, If the server is the domain PDC the user can reset his password after issuing a Ctrl+Alt+Del, Note that windows error messages may not explain clearly enough that the user password isn't sufficiently complex.
Unlike user passwords, the admin/root passwords can not be set via www.yourserver.net/user-password, nor can they be set on a windows client via Ctrl+Alt+Del. Admin/root passwords must be set via the server manager or via the console commands passwd, either on the console directly or via SSH.
- Password access
If your admin allows it you can connect with just a username and password.
- SSH Keys access
If you need to get SSH access to your server from outside the LAN (e.g. you want to get to your work server from home) then the advised method is to use Public / Private Keys.
During Logon, the server runs a check to see if your Private Key corresponds to its stored Public key for the user that you are trying to log on as. If they don't match then the server simply drops the TCP session.
Setup your keys with the information at SSH_Public-Private_Keys
When you have SSH Keys working, the server Admin can disable logging in using passwords.
- Improve user remote shell cosmetics
Create a .bash_profile file for the user in ~
# include .bashrc if it exists if [ -f ~/.bashrc ]; then source ~/.bashrc fi