How do you switch TTY's in the web-console?

January 25, 2016 775 views
DigitalOcean Control Panels Ubuntu

Hi all,

I need to access the config of my server in web-console. However, for some reason I end up in the boot screen (the list with all the services being started), so I need to be on another TTY and I don't know how.

I tried ctrl-Fn, alt-Fn and ctrl-alt-Fn combo's, but no success. What am I missing?

3 comments
  • After your linux distro boots, you should see a login prompt on the DO web console. Two main reasons you might not get a prompt is that the boot process failed, or password authentication is disabled. Have you tried SSH to your server instead of the DO web console?

  • Yes, the SSH session works fine, but was not an option on the machine I posted the question on as I had no SSH keys with me (I disabled password login for security reasons). So, there is nothing wrong with the boot (the website is up, I can SSH in just fine from a machine with the keys).

    How would I check if password authentication is disabled on the local machine? I suppose this isn't the same as having it disabled on the SSH server as I happen to work just fine in the web console on another droplet which has the same SSH setup.

  • @EmilJacobs - I believe if you just ssh as root and give it a password using passwd, you could get a login prompt at the DO console (but still stick to no password logins via ssh). See this tutorial on ssh and look for the section on enabling a password for root on the console.

    SSH, or secure shell, is the most common way of administering remote Linux servers. Although the daemon allows password-based authentication, exposing a password-protected account to the network can open up your server to brute-force attacks. In this guide, we demonstrate how to configure your server with SSH keys, which is the recommended authentication method. These are much more difficult for attackers to work around, giving you a more secure login mechanism.
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This question was answered by @gndo:

After your linux distro boots, you should see a login prompt on the DO web console. Two main reasons you might not get a prompt is that the boot process failed, or password authentication is disabled. Have you tried SSH to your server instead of the DO web console?

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