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Step One: Access your new Business VPS using SSH
Updated Monday October 16th 2017 / Category Legacy Business VPS

The Getting Started guides for new Business VPSs are tailored largely around cPanel based services; if you have chosen not to include cPanel with your VPS then these guides may not be useful.

SSH (Secure Shell) is a key part of managing your Virtual Private Server (VPS), it allows you to access it from a secure command line to manage it.

To access SSH on your Business VPS you will need to use an application such as PuTTy (or Terminal if you use a Mac) for your connection. For more information on PuTTy and to download it, please go here.  Once you have an SSH application ready to go, please follow these steps:

  1. Refer to your VPS service activation email to obtain your server IP Address and root password.
  2. Launch your SSH application (PuTTy, Terminal or other program).
  3. Within your SSH application initiate a new connection.
  4. In the hostname or IP address field, please enter your servers IP Address, and set the port to 2683.
  5. At this point you will now Open or initiate the connection.
  6. When prompted please enter the username of ‘root’, enter and then enter your password.
  7. You should now be connected, this should show a prompt such as:

Last login: never
root@yourservername [~]

You’re now logged into your VPS as the root user with control over every facet of the server. It’s important that you do not share your root access credentials unnecessarily and that you never login from an insecure machine.

SSH is what you’ll use periodically to run system yum updates such as:

yum update -y
Please proceed through to the ‘Step Two: Accessing WHM on your VPS‘ article.

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