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Hi, I've installed the SSH server on a hardened Windows 2012 server and am having difficulties trying to start the service using password only authentication. This is the error message that I get from Event Viewer: 101 Server_start_failed, Error: Generic error, "SSHTectiaServer: Error in initial configuration: The entry 'servername\username' is not allowed for access control list. / D:\Program Files (x86)\SSH Communications Security\SSH Tectia\SSH Tectia Server\ssh-server-config.xml:9: Password cache permissions check failed (only Administrators and System are allowed) for file 'D:\Program Files (x86)\SSH Communications Security\SSH Tectia\SSH Tectia Server\sshpwcache.db' / D:\Program Files (x86)\SSH Communications Security\SSH Tectia\SSH Tectia Server\ssh-server-config.xml:5: Failed to parse element `password-cache'."

The thing is that when the ID is granted with local administrator rights, the service can be start with no issues, however, this is not the state that I want the account to be at.

Any insights to this would be appreciated. Thank you.

Regards, Jim

asked Nov 23 '15 at 07:35

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I think (not entirely sure) that it should be "servername\\username" for the first error, and that the second error is because of the first error misinterpreting the ACL. But I would also check the permissions on the password cache file and adjust if necessary, in case they are also incorrect.

[Edit -- apparently backslashes need escaping when posting here, too!]


answered Nov 23 '15 at 15:14

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Kevin Vail

edited Nov 23 '15 at 15:15

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