Ubuntu 20.4 xrdp login credentials when using SSH key to login to server

I have created an Ubuntu 20.4 droplet and I am using an SSH key to login (so, no password). I have also installed xrdp to be able to login and manage the server through a GUI using my windows pc.

I have set up the windows remote desktop connection and I am able to successfully connect to the droplet. However, when connected I am asked to provide a username and a password. I assume these are the server credentials. So, the name is root but I don’t have a password since I use SSH keys.

How can I log in without using a password?


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November 26, 2021
Accepted Answer

Hey there!

When using SSH keys there isn’t a password that was set for the root user. You can remedy this though by logging in through SSH as root and run the passwd command to set the password for the root user. I’d suggest you create a second user adduser username and login as that user rather then root through xrdp.

Hope it helps! Nate