Graphical Console

The Graphical Console gives you encrypted access to a Cloud Server as if you were at at its monitor with a keyboard and mouse plugged in. This lets you investigate problems even if your OS won’t boot or is inaccessible via the network.

Getting access to the Graphical Console is simple. You just need our command line interface, a modern web browser with support for HTML5 canvas (e.g: Firefox 3.6+, Chrome, Safari, IE 9+) and web sockets (or instead Flash).

Call the activate_console command using the brightbox servers command line tool:

$ brightbox servers activate_console srv-su22m

Activating console for server srv-su22m

 url                                                             token     expires         
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  oyx338tu  2012-05-30T23:37

This gives you the url of the Graphical Console session, which you should open with your web browser. The token is valid for 15 minutes.

You can reactivate the console at any time - a new token will just be regenerated. You can only access the console of Cloud Servers that are active (i.e: “powered on”).

Normally, the console works over https using the usual tcp port 443, but if your browser is a bit old and has to fall back to Flash, then it will use tcp port 843 as well.

You can also access the console using the browser-based Brightbox Manager.

Last updated: 28 Apr 2016 at 00:38 UTC

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