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Dedibox - Quickstart

Reviewed on 12 February 2024Published on 17 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.

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
  • A Dedibox dedicated server
  • Linked your Dedibox and Scaleway accounts

How to order a Dedibox

  1. Click Dedibox in the Bare Metal section of the side menu. The Dedibox overview page displays.

  2. Click + Order a Dedibox server to launch the creation wizard.

  3. Choose a Datacenter, in which your Dedibox server will be deployed. Then select the server offer to deploy and click Server options >.


    You can group the offer list by clicking on the tab corresponding to each offer group.

  4. Select the service level for your server. Based on the service level you can customize your server with additional options, such as storage or DDoS protection. Then click Summary >.

  5. Read the order summary and tick the checkboxes. Click Create a server to confirm your order.

    A confirmation of your order displays, and your Dedibox will be delivered as soon as possible - in most cases within the following hour.

How to install a Dedibox

After the delivery of your server, you can begin installing it.

  1. Click Dedibox in the Bare Metal section of the side menu.

  2. Choose the Dedibox server you want to install from the list.

  3. Click Install to launch the OS installation wizard.

  4. Select the type and version of the operating system you want to install.


    For more information about OS types, refer to the dedicated servers concepts page.

  5. Personalize the following partitioning parameters:

    • the file system (ext4, ext3, ext2, xfs, reiserfs, nfts, swap)
    • the mount point of the partition
    • the partition size
    • the software raid (RAID 0/1/5)

    When you start a CentOS installation with custom partitioning, you need to keep about 5 GB of unallocated disk space to prevent the automatic installation system from crashing.

  6. Configure the system parameters. You can edit parameters such as the name of the server, and add a username, password, and SSH key.


    To connect to your server via SSH, it is recommended that you create and upload your SSH key at this stage so that it can be transferred to your server during installation.

  7. Tick the checkbox to confirm that your server can be shut down in case of abuse. Then click Install Dedibox server.

    The installation of your Dedibox server may take up to 20 minutes. Once complete, your server will reboot on its hard disk.


Depending on the OS, the installation may take several minutes to complete. Certain operating systems may require additional reboots for completion. We recommend waiting 45 to 60 minutes before you connect to your server.

How to connect to your Dedibox

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.

Before you start

To complete the actions presented below, you must have:

  • A Scaleway account logged into the console
  • Created and uploaded your SSH key
  • Created and installed a Dedibox and transferred your SSH key to the server during installation

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 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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