Created a new droplet, but did not get a new IP address

Posted May 6, 2015 4.5k views
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I destroyed my old droplet and created a new one (the same domain name) with an SSH key. However, I did not get a new ip address and password, so when I try to connect my droplet with PuTTY using my old IP address I get an “Access denied”

Also when I try to add a new domain, I select my droplet and the old IP address appears. So I can’t create a new DNS

Can someone help me? It’s been 5 days since I try to host my website and STILL I can’t get it to work. I’m kind of mad and tired but hey, at least I’m “learning”

Thank you

  • PuTTY might be using old info from the ‘known_hosts’ file. This file is normally found in a .ssh directory, but PuTTY stores this info in the Windows Registry under HKEYCURRENT_USER\Software\SimonTatham\PuTTY\SshHostKeys

    Rename the key referencing your droplet and try to connect again.

  • Have you clicked on the Add SSH Keys button and added your SSH Keys before clicking on the Create Droplet button?

  • Yes I did, but I found out the problem: i wasn’t using Pageant!

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You don’t always get a new IP and if you picked your SSH key, you won’t get a password either.
Access denied means you’re using the wrong public/private key. DNS will work fine if it’s the same IP.

  • Thanks. The thing is I can’t log in on my IP address, even if I use the right login and password… it’s like I’m using a wrong password

Creating a new Droplet in DO will re-use any previously used IP addresses, but it’s not always the case.

If you wanted to use another IP address instead of the previously used IP address, then do this:

  • 1. Power off your droplet with the old IP address.

  • 2. Create a new Droplet and don’t forget to add your SSH key. You should get a new IP address.

You can now delete the other Droplet.