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Make First Connection to your VPS Server


This is a step by step tutorial to build first connection to your newly bought VPS using your windows machine. I am writing this tutorial in the view-point that, this is your first experience with a VPS server. Hence this tutorial would be simple and each step would be presented using screenshots.


  • An active VPS server.
  • You should know your servers public IP and root password.
  • A local computer runs on Windows (or Linux).

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Tools needed

A SSH client (for local windows machine): In this tutorial, I am going to use PuTTY a free and open-source SSH client. You can download it by visiting here.

Okay, let’s start 🙂

Firstly, open the putty program that you have installed on your machine. You’ll obtain an interface as below.

Type Hostname of IP address of VPS server

Then enter your server IP address in the text box asking for Host Name (or IP address). Click on “Open” button.

Open connection to the VPS server

Note: If you are using a Linux machine, you can type following command in Linux terminal to make the connection to your VPS server; and press Enter.


Then you’ll be asked to Add server’s host key to the PuTTY cache. Press “Yes”.

Add server's host key to the PuTTY cache

After that you’ll be ask for the username (login as:). Type “root” (without quotations) and press enter.

Type username: root

Then you’ll be asked for the root password. Type your root password (password is invisible) or paste it from somewhere else.

Type root password


  • In order to paste text to putty terminal, just left click inside the terminal (black) area. Give two-finger tap in the case of using a touch-pad.
  • The password won’t visible once its’ pasted. So don’t make several left clicks or two-finger taps to make it confirm. Because this will cause to repeatedly paste your password.

Now press enter.

Successfully connected to the VPS server

Finally, you have successfully connected to your newly bought VPS server.

Next Step ??
Follow my tutorial on “Secure your server by changing SSH port”.

Let me know your ideas, problems you faced while following this tutorial in comment section. I am happy to help you 🙂

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