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:
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:
|FreeBSD 11.0 ZFS||freeBSD|
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
The authenticity of host 217.xxx.xxx.98 (217.xxx.xx.98) 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:
In the first step, choose your country, language and keyboard layout, then click
You will then need to choose the administrator password:
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:
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:
A message will then appear, asking you to confirm your login details. Click
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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