Hi all: This question involves the setup of HP SIM with ssh. I have so far had little luck posting on the HP forums site, so I thought someone here has tackled this issue.

HP SIM relies on ssh for secure communication between the SIM management server and the client servers. The problem is HP SIM need ssh on the client servers to allow root logins via password authentication, at least that is the only way so far I have been able to deduce from the documentation and through trail and error. What is odd is that HP SIM is setup to "Trust by Certificate". This implies to me that an ssh login via public/private key is doable and therefore I can turn off root login and password authentication. This is how I have our ssh server setup to allow remote access via tunneling into our network.

As always, your help is greatly appreciated, Chris.