Permission is denied while connecting to server with ansible via ssh

November 3, 2017 1.9k views

I'm getting the error below when I'm writing this

ansible -m ping all
host1 | UNREACHABLE! => {
    "changed": false,
    "msg": "Failed to connect to the host via ssh: Permission denied (publickey,password).\r\n",
    "unreachable": true

I have gone through all the steps in this tutorial and now I'm stuck at step 3.

Any help is appreciated.

3 Answers

Hi there! What happens if you try to connect to your server via SSH?

ssh root@your_server_ip
  • It connects

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Did you work through the prerequisite tutorial listed at the beginning of the Ansible installation article?
Specifically step 4.

This one: Initial Server Setup with Ubuntu 16.04

It looks like you don't have your user's public SSH key present on the remote droplet that Ansible uses to authenticate? I'm not sure however.

When you start a new server, there are a few steps that you should take every time to add some basic security and give you a solid foundation. In this guide, we'll walk you through the basic steps necessary to hit the ground running with Ubuntu 16.04.

Since you can connect directly, your ansible is defaulting to a different key. Create/edit your ansible.cfg file in your playbook directory and add a line for the location of your key:

privatekeyfile = /Users/username/.ssh/private_key

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