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Encrypting your VPS disk

When installing your VPS, you have the option to encrypt your drive. This provides extra security and the backups of the disk of your VPS are encrypted. However, it is important that you do not use special characters such as âèïū for the password to decrypt your disk (punctuation marks such as $#@!%^& are allowed). 

If you use an encrypted disk, then, at the start of your VPS, enter the password in your control panel on the console of your VPS. The special characters are unfortunately not transferred correctly in the console in your control panel. This is because the OSs do not support unicode at the specific moment in which you start your VPS and request a password for your encrypted disk. 

We have tried to find a workaround for this, but it turned out that it was not possible to have the code entered to your VPS be directly converted to unicode. Did you already use a password with special characters? Then you can use the steps below to get to your drive.


Step 1 

Start Linux rescue mode. You do this by increasing your VPS console in your control panel and clicking the 'Options' > 'Boot Linux rescue mode' buttons.

cp vps console


Step 2 

Check that SSH has been started with one of the following commands: Has SSH not started? Then start it with one of the following commands:

systemctl status sshd
/etc/init.d/sshd status

Has SSH not been started yet? Then use one of the following commands:

systemctl start sshd 
/etc/init.d/sshd start


Step 3 

Log in via SSH on your VPS. Does logging in with the root password not work? Then change your password in the console with the command:

passwd root


Step 4

An easier solution is to change the password of your encrypted disk with the command: 

cryptsetup luksChangeKey /dev/vdaX

Or remove the encryption with the command:

cryptsetup luksRemoveKey /dev/vdaX

Replace X in vdaX with the number of your encrypted disk. You check your partitions in rescue mode with the commands below (after the p, you will see your partitions):


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