I recently had to change the root password to one of our servers due to personnel reasons. The root login was being used both for ftp access, as well as SSH to maintain the server. I changed the password using the standard "passwd root" while logged in as root. The server is being hosted remotely, so I don't have physical access to it.
The new password allows access to ftp, but SSH no longer works (access denied). Neither password works for SSH. So my question is, how can I gain access to SSH? Also, why would the password change have worked for ftp, but not SSH?
I'm a complete and total Linux newb, so please go easy on me. I do know that enough to know that I should be using sudo, and give everyone their own login, and also separate out ftp access from root. I inherited this setup, and have been working on fixing the configuration without breaking anything.