Starting VPS Console

DescriptionThe remote console works as a "virtual terminal", almost like a computer monitor (screen) attached to a server which you can use to interact with your operating system along with your keyboard and mouse. Once your instance is delivered to you, you will probably use the console as your first interaction point. For example, you can use it to install (and/or configure) your preferred remote access method (such as SSH or RDP, which offers far more features than the remote console).

The remote console is also helpful when for any reason you are no longer capable of accessing the server through other methods. 

Overview of the Console

Here's a quick overview of the screen and buttons on the console.


Field NameDescription
RebootAfter pressing it, you will be asked to confirm your action, and if confirmed, your VPS will reboot. This is a operational system reboot (also known as warm or soft reboot), meaning that the Operating System will attempt a clean restart. However, if it doesn’t respond in 30 seconds, a cold reboot (alternatively known as hard reboot) will occur, which could be compared to turning the power off and on without warning your Operating System.
ClipboardAfter pressing it, you will be asked for an input (text). This input will be sent to the Operating System. It helps to avoid typing long and complex text, such as passwords or a long sentence. 
CtrlAltDelPressing this button triggers the same behavior as pressing the keyboard keys CTRL + ALT + DEL simultaneously. In some Operating Systems, this may result in a soft reboot. The result depends on your operational system.


Accessing the VM Console

Perform the following tasks to view/access the VM Console:

  1. Log in to the Apache CloudStack dashboard using your username, password, and the domain name (This page will be re-directed from Customer Portal upon selecting Private cloud option).
  2. On the left panel of dashboard, click the Instances tab. 
    The Instances page displays.
  3. Click the instance name for which you need to access the Console.
    The Details tab displays.
  4. Click the View console icon in the Details section.
    The Console view displays. 
  5. Hit enter in the console window to activate the screen and enter credentials to gain access to the  VM Console.