Backups over ssh failing

I am trying to backup over ssh, I get this error:

Starting backup of 86 domains to colobackup on SSH server …

Failed to connect to SSH server :’s password: Permission denied, please try again.’s password: Permission denied, please try again.’s password: Permission denied (publickey,password). lost connection

Backup failed! See the progress output above for the reason why.

Naturally I would assume that it would be a password or rights issue right? however using scp manually I am able to connect to the destination and copy files without issue, the permissions at the remote side are correct. where are logfiles stored, or wheres the backup script stored? I need to find out what exactly its doing so I can correct the issue.


It looks like a username or password issue from the above error.

What I would do is:

  1. Double-check that both the username and password are correct

  2. Look on the backup server in the logs – either /var/log/secure or /var/log/auth.log, depending on your distro – and look for any failure message in them.

  3. On the Virtualmin server, look in /var/webmin/miniserv.error, and see if anything stands out.

Let us know what you see in there… thanks!


Any chance we can resurrect this old post, having the same exact problem.