Question

After sudo reboot... my ssh just refuses connection

Posted July 6, 2020 193 views
Ubuntu 16.04

Hello community,

I have had this server running for the last 2 years and a bit with no problems… today I did some update/upgrades/dist-upgrades and after a sudo reboot, it won’t come back up… Nothing happens and it just refuses to connect. I tried to login to connect to the droplet via DO but I can’t do anything there either.

Any ideas?

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Hi @cordellteam

I would try a “Power cycle” from the dashboard to reboot the droplet.

If after it boots, you still can’t connect from the DO console, then try to go to droplet’s page and click “Recovery” and try the “Boot from recovery ISO” option then turn off the droplet then back on and try the console again.

Laurent

Hi @cordellteam,

When you enter your droplet from DigitalOcean’s console, can you try and start your network. It’s possible something is interfering with it on boot. That’s going to be my best bet!

Additionally, when you try and SSH to your droplet does it show an error like

ssh: connect to host  ***.***.***.*** port 22: Connection refused.

Or is it completly unreachable. If it’s unreachable try the first method I described. If it gives an error like the above one, I’ll recommend the following

ssh -v [username]@[ipaddress] ....

ssh -vv [username]@[ipaddress] ....

ssh -vvv [username]@[ipaddress] ....

What this does, essentially, is increase the verbosity of what is output when attempting to connect via SSH. This will give you an idea of what’s going on during the back and forth exchange. Start with -v, then -vv and finally -vvv (as -vvv will throw about a page and a half of output at you).

You can also check /root/.ssh/knownhosts (on your local machine - if using Linux). You can clean that specific file out and then attempt to reconnect. It’ll ask you to confirm that you’d like to add the host you’re connecting to (to the knownhosts file). I’ve had plenty of instances which required this over the years as small changes (regeneration of server keys, for example), can invalidate your connection (though you’ll normally receive a message in such a case).

Beyond that, was a firewall active (i.e. iptables or UFW)? If so, and your IP wasn’t whitelisted, it’s possible your connection is being blocked. You should still be able to get in through console though.

Let me know how it goes

Regards,
KFSys

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