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Most of the time, the ssh daemon is configured out of the box to not allow root logins. It's considered an insecure practice to allow root logins from ssh and I can't think of a single distro that doesn't disallow ssh root logins by default. The more secure practice is to login as an ordinary non-root user with ssh and after logging in you su to root. I would guess that is what you are running into.
As already said, give your distribution at the server. Also, if you have any access at server either physically or through some other person, check at the ssh server if root logins are allowed. If not you need to allow or use other non root user to login via ssh. The later option is the best.