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How to access your server via SSH.
Posted by Mike C. on 11 September 2009 09:32 PM
If you are unfamiliar with SSH this is ok. This is a simple explanation to get you to a command prompt on your new server or existing server. Simply download a program called "putty.exe" if you are using Windows. If you are using MAC you will need to jump in to the shell and follow along as best you can. After downloading putty.exe you will execute it and type in your main server ip where it asks for "Host Name (or IP address)." Make sure that the port is set to 22 (the default ssh port). Once you have done this hit the "open" button and the session will start. You will be prompted for a login. Type your login supplied to you by the server company and hit enter (most of the time it is "admin"). Then you will be prompted for a password. Type this in as provided to you and hit enter (remember passwords are case sensitive). You should see a few things scroll past and you will see a prompt much like this:

user@boxname [~]$



Some prompts look completely different so don't be alarmed if it doesn't look just like this. Once you are here you will need to know what you are doing. To get to the root prompt you will type "su - root" and enter your password as provided. When you are root you can do anything to the server that you feel needed. Be VERY careful with this because you can lock yourself out if you don't know exactly what you are doing! If you don't know what you are doing you can read the freebsd handbook located at I have found this handbook to be most helpful to anyone wanting to learn FreeBSD inside out.
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