lost console connectivity

I have a droplet running Ubuntu 22.04 (region SFO3). It runs a webserver and I access via ssh or the DigitalOcean console.

I just updated the software using apt update and apt upgrade. Then, because there was a kernel update, I rebooted the droplet using shutdown -r +1 and exited my ssh connection.

After it rebooted, I could no longer ssh into the droplet returning error ssh: connect to host webdrop2 port 22: Connection refused

I cannot get into it from the DigitalOcean console either. The console attempts, fails, and says SSH Connection Lost with a button to read Console Docs and another to Close the window.

I can verify that the droplet is running. I can ping it from my private VPN (running on 10.1.1.x) and the server is serving up web-pages properly.

I don’t have a Plan B for getting console access to the droplet since I always expected the DigitalOcean console to work in a pinch. How can I get console access?

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When I wrote the question, I had already powered down and up the droplet without resolving the issue.

After writing the question, it just spontaneously recovered ssh connectivity. Still, the console does not work, but I’ll go poke around and try to figure out what happened. I speculate that perhaps it was just some service taking a long time to initialize and perhaps the sshd was waiting for it.

The problem seems to have been spurious and has gone away.

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