When you sign up for a Linux VPS you might find yourself wondering how to actually connect to the VPS if you do not have a control panel. We at Serveyoursite will be starting a series of How To on our blog where we will provide you with instructions as to how to performs several tasks with your Hosting Plans. Feel free to comment and make requests on the types of tutorials you would like to see.
In today’s How To we will learn just how easy it is to connect to a Linux VPS.
Connecting to your Linux VPS is easy. It does not matter if you have CentOS VPS, Ubuntu VPS etc., you can use SSH. SSH is a secure network protocol for data communication between two remote computers. This means you can access your server securely, execute commands securely and manage your server securely.
However, in order to connect to your server via SSH you will need to have an SSH client installed on your local computer. If you have Linux or Mac OS X installed on your computer, you can use the OpenSSH client. On the other hand, if you use Windows as an operating system, you can use a free software called Putty to connect to your server. If you do not have PUTTY you can download it from here: Download PuTTY
To connect to your VPS using PuTTY, follow these steps:
- Start PuTTY by double-clicking its icon on your desktop
- The PuTTY Configuration window opens and select Sessionfrom the options on the left of the window ( it’s usually selected by default when you open PuTTY ) from theCategory panel on the left.
- In the Host Name (or IP address)enter the IP address for the server you will connect to. In the Port field use the default SSH port ( 22 ). Make sure that SSH is selected under Protocol(it should be selected by default).
- Click onOpen. This will open a new window with the linux Console, you should see a black screen with a cursor asking for login.
- Use your server’s login username ( usually ROOT ) and hit enter on you keyboard. This will now ask for your server’s password. When you are entering the password, you will not be shown the amount of characters being entered, so don’t worry and write down the whole password and hit enter again.
- You should now be logged into your Linux VPS
Pretty Simple right? You are now ready to start using your VPS. If you would like to order one you can do so from our website
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