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Not sure how, but I broke my server during setup

January 5, 2015 1.4k views


Completely new to this, and new to Ubuntu so I'm pretty lost.

I was going through the tutorial to set up a server and it said to set up SSH. So, I followed the steps exactly as it said then I opened a new tab and went to log in with my new user but the symbols in the console went crazy and it wouldn't let me type.

I closed the tabs (all tabs it was active in) and when I came back it was still messed up. So, I did a power cycle. Then it was fine so I logged in with the new user I created (with all admin rights) and I typed in what it told me to type to make sure I was validated. 'ssh -p port# username@ip' but I get some errors when I do that. Then I went to install LAMP but i get errors with that. So I tried to check the ipconfig with what the tutorial said to type and it didn't work (finally googled it and found you can use 'ifconfig' which worked.

Anyway, I typed that into a new tab and it eventually timed out instead of loading anything. Now when I type my domain in (which I know I set up correctly because I've done it before with a different domain) it just says:
The server at 'domain' can't be found, because the DNS lookup failed. DNS is the network service that translates a website's name to its Internet address. This error is most often caused by having no connection to the Internet or a misconfigured network. It can also be caused by an unresponsive DNS server or a firewall preventing Google Chrome from accessing the network.

Does anyone know what went wrong, or know what I can do to check what could have gone wrong?

Thanks in advance.

  • You mentioned seeing errors at two times in this process. Can you share what error messages you received and what commands you were running when this occurred?

  • Fun here is that you can start over by deleting the messed up droplet and create a new one..

    Since you are new, like me, I opted for a control panel, which takes care of everything..

    Free options are like zPanel / Sentora
    Paid ones like cPanel / DirectAdmin

    Check that also..

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