The UNIX shell is the most powerful tool in Virtual Private Server Administration. Using an SSH (or Telnet) client, you can connect and log in to your Virtual Private Server from anywhere in the world as if you were sitting right in front it.
We are not only the leader in Virtual Private Server technology, we are also seasoned security experts. Because of this, we are more than comfortable providing our clients with SSH and telnet access to their Virtual Private Servers. Our "security hardened" server environment ensures that your data (and our data) cannot be compromised.
SSH (or Secure Shell) is a protocol that can be used to log into a remote machine such as your Virtual Private Server and provide secure, encrypted communications between your Virtual Private Server and your local computer. Because SSH provides complete UNIX shell capability over a secure channel, it is the ideal tool for managing your Virtual Private Server.
While SSH is preferable to Telnet, the fact that a telnet client comes as part of most Operating Systems makes it a popular option. There are also a number of free or inexpensive Telnet client programs available.
The UNIX shell has a built in Telnet client program that you can use by typing telnet from the command prompt.
There are also Java Telnet applets that allow you to connect to your Virtual Private Server using just a web browser. Some of the many that are available include:
Once you have chosen a SSH or Telnet client, connecting to your Virtual Server is extremely simple. Although SSH and Telnet clients vary in their exact configuration, most of them will simply require you to specify a "remote host". Your remote host is your Virtual Private Server, so you would specify your domain name (or your temporary domain, if applicable) or IP address.
At some point, you will be prompted for your login name and login password. You specified both your login name and login password when you ordered your Virtual Private Server. After the login process is successful, you will have gained access to your Virtual Server and can now issue commands at the command prompt. If you are not familiar with UNIX, you can learn some simple UNIX commands and use them with confidence.