How To

Access a Linux Server using SSH

  1. Find the IP address of the server in the far left box. It’s in blue, under the server name and specifications. Make a note of the VNC password, too. We use this as the default password.
  2. Open your SSH client. I’m using the free program PuTTY. Put in the IP address from earlier and click ‘Open’.
  3. You will now be prompted for a username. When you first create your server, it does not have a root password, and so it is not possible to log in as root over SSH. Instead, you can log in using the alternative superuser ‘toor’, that’s “T, O, O, R” or ‘root’ backwards and the VNC password displayed on the Open Hosting control panel. Now you have access to your server’s command line.
  4. Once you have logged in as toor, we recommend you set a password for the root user. You can do this by typing: “passwd root”.
  5. If you’re running Ubuntu and you prefer a graphical desktop, you can install that using the commands: apt-get update apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
  6. Remember, you can also access your server by clicking ‘show screen’ on the control panel or using a VNC client to connect to your server. Please see our tutorial section for help on using VNC to connect.