Password-less root user escalation via Sudoers
I hate typing in my root password; it's super long. Solution (as long as the account is secure via Keys or some other method) is to add the following line to your /etc/sudoers file:
<USER> ALL=NOPASSWD: ALL
Just remember to replace <USER> with the username you want to give privileges to use this command.
Now you can simply escalate using the "sudo su -" command, as shown here:
[08:06:30] [USER@vmtest1 ~]$ sudo su - [08:06:31] [root@vmtest1 ~]#