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Activating Rescue Mode on VPS

This guide will show you how to reboot your VPS in rescue mode

Last updated 17th April 2019


Rescue mode is a tool on your VPS. You can use it to boot your VPS into a temporary Operating System, in order to diagnose and resolve issues on your primary OS.

These issues could include:

  • Resetting your root password
  • Diagnosing network problems
  • Repairing broken Operating System
  • Fixing a software firewall misconfiguration
  • Testing disk performance

Performing checks in Rescue Mode helps you determine if an issue is software or hardware related.

If you have any services online, rescue mode will interrupt them as the machine is being rebooted into the OVH rescue environment.

This guide will show you how to reboot your VPS in rescue mode.



Once you have logged in to your Control Panel, go to the Cloud section, then to Servers in the left-hand column. Choose your VPS in the left-hand column:

VPS area in the Control Panel

On the main screen of your VPS, click on the Reboot in rescue mode button and confirm that you wish to reboot it:

Confirm rescue mode

A progress bar will show how the reboot task is progressing (this can take several minutes):

Rescue mode progress

Once you have completed this step, you will receive an automated email with the SSH credentials for rescue mode. This email is also available on your Control Panel, in the My account section, then Emails received.

You can now connect via SSH to your VPS in rescue mode. Once these changes have been completed with rescue mode, you can reboot the VPS on your main hard drive by pressing the Reboot my VPS button.

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