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Accessing Your Server

Getting Started with Your Server

The following chapter explains how to access your server for the first time.

1. Receiving your credentials

After having completed the ordering process, you will have received several emails. The email titled “Zugangsdaten SCP” contains your SCP login Credentials:

2. First login

After you receive your SCP credentials, navigate to the Server Control Panel (SCP) to log in and start with the initial server setup. The login process is described in this section.

After the first login, we strongly recommend that you change the original password to one only known to you. To do this, click the "Options" button in the upper right corner, then enter new credentials in the “Change password” field:

It is recommended that you follow best practices in this case and use a passphrase that is unique to this account and is not used for anything other than the SCP.

After changing your password, return to the "Home" page by clicking the "Home" button in the bar at the top right of your Screen. Alternatively, you can click on the SCP logo in the upper left corner.

3. Using the server for the first time

Having changed the login credentials for the SCP, the server can be used for the first time. The server comes pre-configured with an installation of Debian, a Linux distribution popular among server users.

This is the default configuration:

Operating systemDebian minimal
PartitionSmall Partition (Remaing space must be partitioned by user)
Partition typeNormal (No LVM)
Keyboard layouten-US

4. Connecting to the server for the first time

The "Home" page lists all the servers you have ordered and includes some information about their current state and uptime. Below the SCP logo, there is a drop-down menu that allows you to quickly select a server. This will take you to the specific control panel for that server. You can also select a server by clicking its name in the server list in the center of the page:

5. Screen

The keyboard layout is adopted by the operating system, so there may be deviations. After login, the layout can be configured at operating system level.

The standard user name is always "root".

Most Linux distributions will not show any output while a password is being entered, not even asterisks (****) or dots (.....). To increase security, the password field usually remains blank during input because this makes it harder for potential attackers to use the length of the password for attacks.

Next, look for the email titled "Ihr vServer bei netcup ist bereit gestellt". This email contains the root password that allows you to log in to the server:

Connect to the server by clicking on the "Screen" entry in the navigation bar on the left side. A VNC console will now open in a popup window:

From here, log in to the server using the credentials you received in the email mentioned above.

6. Changing the password

Having logged into the server, please change the password to a unique passphrase. To do this, type the following command:


You will be asked to provide new login credentials: