restrict ssh root login / allow root to rsync

Is there a way to restrict root login via ssh but allow root to rsync from another box?
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You can restrict root to login directly - first login with user, then use "su" command to become root and do everything You need. Also i would suggest connecting to ssh while using RSA keys, which is more secure connection.
Here is a link how to do this on ubuntu (it is basically the same for all distros):

P.s. also You can restrict access to ssh service from IP's You want by configuring Your firewall

Good Luck!
forgot to mention the link for permitting direct root access
you could add
PermitRootLogin forced-commands-only
to sshd_config.
This way root login with public key authentication will be allowed, but only if the command option has been specified, allowing for e.g. rsync but not a shell login.

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