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How to connect to a Dedibox server

Reviewed on 27 March 2023Published on 31 January 2022

Only users who have completed the linking of their the Dedibox account to the Scaleway console are granted access to the Dedibox section within the Scaleway console. For detailed information on the migration process, please refer to our account linking documentation. If you cannot locate the Dedibox link in Scaleway's console side menu, you can use the Dedibox console to place orders, manage your Dediboxes, and access the related documentation.

Security & Identity (IAM):

You may need certain IAM permissions to carry out some actions described on this page. This means:

  • you are the Owner of the Scaleway Organization in which the actions will be carried out, or
  • you are an IAM user of the Organization, with a policy granting you the necessary permission sets

A common way of connecting to your Dedibox server is via the command line, using SSH. SSH is a secure communication protocol, which imposes an encryption key exchange at the beginning of the connection. This means that the exchange of data between the client and the server will be encrypted.

However, you may also connect to your server via a graphical interface such as Windows Remote Desktop.

You can also use FTP, SFTP or SCP to transfer data to and from your server.

How to connect via SSH

From OSX (Mac) and Linux

  1. Open a terminal program on your local machine.
  2. Enter the command below into the terminal. Make sure you replace your_private_key with the filename of your private key (often id_rsa) and your_server_ip with the IP address of your server.
    ssh -i ~/.ssh/your_private_key root@your_server_ip
  3. If / when prompted, allow connection to the host by typing yes, then press Enter.
    The authenticity of host 'myhost.ext (' cannot be established.
    RSA key fingerprint is 4f:ba:65:cf:14:64:a7:1e:b6:07:7c:00:71:95:21:fa.
    Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?

From Windows

To connect to your server from Windows, you will need to use a small application called PuTTY, an SSH client.

To connect to your Instance from Windows, you will need to use a small application called PuTTY, an SSH client.

  1. Download and install PuTTY here

  2. Launch PuTTY on your computer. The main screen of the application displays.

  3. Enter your Instance’s IP address in the Hostname field.


    To find the IP address of your Instance, log into the Scaleway console and click Dedibox in the Bare Metal section of the side menu. A list of your Dedibox servers and their associated IP addresses will display.

  4. Use the side menu to navigate to the Auth sub-category by expanding Connection, then SSH and finally clicking on Auth.

  5. Click the Browse button and select the private key file you generated previously.

  6. Click Open at the bottom of the screen to open a connection to the server. Upon the first connection, PuTTY asks you to allow the connection to the host.

  7. Click OK to confirm. The terminal window displays.

  8. Enter your username and password to authenticate against the server with your SSH key.

    You are now connected to your server.

How to connect via Remote Desktop

The following steps show you how to connect to your Dedibox server on which you have installed Windows Server, from your local Windows machine.

  1. Open the Remote Desktop Connection tool on your local Windows machine.

  2. Click the drop-down arrow next to Show connections.

  3. Enter the following information:

    • In Computer, enter the IP address of your Dedibox server (e.g.
    • In Username, for a Windows Server type Administrateur.
  4. Click Connect. You are prompted to enter a password.

  5. Enter the password that you set during installation of your Dedibox Windows Server machine, and click OK.

  6. You may be asked to confirm that you want to connect. Click Yes.

    You are connected to the graphical interface of your Windows Server.

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