sshd has failed, please contact the sysadmin

If you have changed the shell default Port 22 on a cPanel powered server , restarting sshd from the WHM will fail. You have to ssh to the server and issue the following command to restart sshd…


/sbin/service sshd restart

To, temporarily, reset your shell port back to 22, run the following command from the Address field in browser:


Now, you should be able to access shell, and you need to restart sshd at the prompt using the command mentioned above

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