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Resolving SSH connection issues to Scaleway Mac mini

Reviewed on 12 June 2024Published on 12 June 2024

This documentation addresses an issue faced by users who are unable to connect to their Mac Mini via SSH. This problem typically arises because the user’s SSH key has not been uploaded to the Mac Mini. It can also happen after multiple authentication failures while trying to access the VNC server because of default fail2ban security policies. This guide provides the necessary steps to resolve this issue by connecting to the Scaleway console and rebooting the Mac Mini from the Apple silicon section.


The reboot must be carried out via the console, and not via any other method, in order to resolve the problem.

Before you start

To complete the actions presented below, you must have:

  • A Scaleway account logged into the console
  • Owner status or IAM permissions allowing you to perform actions in the intended Organization
  • An SSH key
  • A Mac mini
  1. Click Apple silicon in the Bare Metal section of the side menu. A list of your Mac minis displays.
  2. Click the Mac mini you want to configure. Your Mac mini information page displays.
  3. Scroll down to the Reboot Mac mini section. Click Reboot to reboot the Mac mini.

    Ensure you have generated and uploaded your SSH key before rebooting your Mac mini.

  4. Click Reboot Mac mini to confirm. The Mac mini reboots and your SSH key will be uploaded during the boot process. Banned host lists are reset as well.
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