I rebuilded a droplet and can't login anymore via console

February 26, 2017 2.4k views
Backups Ubuntu 16.04

I rebuilded to Ubuntu 16.04.2 x64 and cannot login anymore. I tried login with root and the pw sent to my email when I created the droplet but it didn’t seem to be the right one.

How do I get back on?

1 Answer

When you rebuilt the droplet, it actually removes everything and installs whatever OS you’ve chosen. When the rebuilt is done, it sends a new root password to you - use that, not the one when you created the droplet initially.
EDIT: Unless you’re using SSH-keys, then you don’t receive an email with password.

  • This is a problem when you have configured SSH-only login, isn’t it ? Since you lose all your data in the droplet when rebuilding, you also lose the part of the configuration where it says SSH-only. You then need to enter a root password when trying to ssh again. Since this password is a new one and DO didn’t send it to you by email, you are stuck outside of your droplet.

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