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How can I access my unmanaged VPS if I have lost external network access?

If you lose access to your virtual machine because of an incorrect firewall rule, or a software update gone wrong, you can still gain access by using VNC.

VNC can be used on both Linux and Windows virtual machines running on self-managed 20i virtual private servers.

Using VNC

To use/enable VNC, you will need to do the following:

  • Head to My20i and select Manage VPS.
  • Select Options > Manage for the VPS you intend to do this with.
  • Select Rescue VPS.
  • Under Unlock VNC by IP Address enter the IP address you wish to unlock VNC access for and select Unlock.
  • Make a note of the VNC Hostname - this should say something like 'vnc.stackvps.com:6157'. Also make a note of the password.
  • With both the VNC hostname and password, use a VNC client (such as Tight VNC) to gain access to your virtual machine.