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VPS Connection Troubleshooting


This article is about figuring out if the connection trouble to your instance is from the instance or your local internet. This article is intended to for Hostwinds Cloud and VPS clients who have access to the Cloud Portal.


Connection Problems

If you’re getting a connection error before you’re getting to the login screen of your instance then we need to check if the instance is receiving a network connection. We can do this by:

    1. Login to your Client Area
    2. Go to the Cloud Control and select Cloud Portal


    1. Then select the instance that is having the issue by clicking the blue Server Name link


    1. Next select the blue Actions button


    1. Click the Get VNC option


      Popups need to be allowed


    1. Click the blue here link to connect to the instance



Now if you still can not connect to the instance our Support Technicians will need to look into the cause of this and a ticket will need to be opened.

Troubleshoot a Local Network Connection

For Linux:

  1. Login to your Instance as the root user
  2. Type the command
  3. Check if there is an eth0: it should look something like this on the next couple lines:

If you see that then your instance does have its network connection. You can then verify it with a quick ping test:

If you get an output like this :

If you’re not receiving any packet loss, then your instance is connected to the network and it may be an issue with your local ISP. Some basic network troubleshooting can be done to check your local internet to and make sure you can reach the instance by running a traceroute. We have a guide on how to do this here.


For Windows:

  1. Login to your administrator account
  2. Open your command prompt by pressing “Windows key+r” and typing in cmd
  3. Type in the command
  4. There should be an output similar to this:

Ethernet adapter Ethernet:


If you get an output similar to the output above, then you have a internet connection and you can check it with this command:

This should get an output like this:


Please contact our support team by opening a ticket if you need any further assistance and have Hostwinds Managed Services. You can also reach us in Live Chat or by giving us a phone call.


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