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Logging in to an OVH Public Cloud instance

This guide will explain how to log in to your OVH Public Cloud instances using Windows and Linux

Last updated 6th December 2019


Logging in to your OVH Public Cloud instances is similar to a standard login for a VPS or Dedicated Server, but each instance has a specific user account.

This guide will explain how to log in to your OVH Public Cloud instances using Windows and Linux.



Logging in to a Linux instance using a Linux/Mac operating system

Run the following SSH command to log in to your OVH Public Cloud instance, replacing ‘user’ as required, and ‘instance_IP’ with your instance’s IP address:

ssh user@instance_IP

The Public Cloud user will be different, depending on which operating system you are using. The table below features a (non-exhaustive) list of users, by operating system:

Operating system User
Arch Linux arch
CentOS 6 centos
CentOS 7 centos
CoreOS core
Debian 7 debian
Debian 8 debian
Debian 9 debian
Fedora 25 fedora
Fedora 26 fedora
FreeBSD 11.0 ZFS freeBSD
Ubuntu 14.04 ubuntu
Ubuntu 16.04 ubuntu
Ubuntu 16.10 ubuntu
Ubuntu 17.04 ubuntu

By logging in directly, you will have the standard user rights. If you would like to become the root user, you can use the sudo -i or sudo su command.

Warning regarding the SSH remote server fingerprint:

When you log in for the first time, you will need to confirm the authenticity of the host by clicking yes.

The authenticity of host ( cant be established.
ECDSA key fingerprint is f4:95:09:ce:b6:63:73:ea:54:db:76:5e:64:f1:5e:6d.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?`

Logging in to a Linux instance using a Windows operating system

To log in to a Linux instance using Windows, you can use a software program like PuTTY, or for the latest Windows 10 releases, you can use native features. You can then follow the same instructions as above.

Logging in to a Windows instance

Finalise the installation

Once you have created your instance, you will need to finalise something called sysprep. To do this, log in to the OVH Control Panel and launch the VNC console from Instance Dashboard:

VNC console

In the first step, choose your country, language and keyboard layout, then click Next:

Choose language in sysprep

You will then need to choose the administrator password:

Choose password in sysprep

Lastly, confirm the changes you have made by clicking Finish. The instance will reboot, and you can then log in to your Windows server.

Logging in to Windows

You will need to log in to your Windows instance directly from your Windows PC, using the Remote desktop feature:

Choose password in sysprep

In the next steps, you will then need to enter your instance’s IP address (first login step via remote desktop), then enter your username (administrator) and the password you have set:

Remote desktop - Login

Remote desktop - User login

A message will then appear, asking you to confirm your login details. Click Yes:

Login confirmation

You will then be logged in to your instance.

If you experience any issues logging in to your Windows instance, please ensure that your Windows firewall authorises RDP connections. Please refer to our guide to Windows server configuration if you need more information.

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