Step 3. Connect to an instance

Last Updated: Aug 01, 2017

Alibaba Cloud provides you with the Management Terminal, which allows you to connect to your ECS instance by using a web browser, even though you do not purchase bandwidth for Internet access.

You can use other methods to connect to your ECS instance:

Operating procedure

The following flowchart illustrates how to use a web browser to connect to an ECS instance.

ECS_Flowchart to illustrate how to connect to instances using Management Terminal

To connect to the ECS instance by using a web browser, follow the steps:

  1. Log on to the ECS console.

  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Instances. .

  3. Select a region.

  4. In the instance list, find your instance, and in the Action column, click Connect.

  5. In the Management Terminal page, follow the instructions to connect to the Management Terminal:

    • If you connect to the Management Terminal for the first time, follow these steps:
      1. On the pop-up VNC Connection Password dialog box, copy the password.

        The password appears only once. Record and securely store the password immediately. If a new password is required, change the password.

      2. Click Close to close the VNC Connection Password dialog box.
      3. On the pop-up Enter VNC Password dialog box, paste the VNC connection password that you copied, and then click OK to connect to the Management Terminal.
    • If this is not your first connection to the Management Terminal, enter the VNC connection password in the Enter VNC Password dialog box and click OK to connect to the Management Terminal.

    • If you lose the VNC connection password, follow these steps to connect to the Management Terminal:

      1. Change the password.
      2. On the upper left corner of the Management Terminal page, select Send Remote Command > Connect to Management Terminal.
      3. On the pop-up Enter VNC Password dialog box, enter the new password and click OK to finish connection.
  6. To log on to the ECS instance, follow steps according to the operating system:

    • To log on to a Linux instance, enter the user name (root) and logon password.
      • If you lose your logon password of your instance, reset the password.
      • The logon password input is invisible.
      • If you want to do different operations within the instance, on the upper left corner of the Management Terminal page, select Send Remote Command > CTRL + ALT + Fx, of which Fx can be any one from F1 to F10, to switch the interfaces for different operations.
      • If a black screen is displayed, the Linux instance may be in sleep mode. To exit sleep mode, click the mouse or press any key.
    • To log on to a Windows instance, on the upper left corner of the Management Terminal page, select Send Remote Command > CTRL+ALT+DELETE. The Windows logon interface will then be displayed. Enter the username (Administrator) and password to log on.

      If you lose your logon password of your instance, reset the password.

Change the VNC connection password

If you lose the VNC connection password, follow these steps to change the password.

Notice: If the instance that you are connecting to is not I/O optimized, you need restart your instance to make the new VNC connection password take effect after you change it. The restart operation will stop the work of your instance and interrupt your business. Therefore, you must be cautious of changing the password.

  1. Open the Management Terminal page.

  2. Close the VNC Connection Password dialog box or Enter VNC Password dialog box.

  3. On the upper right corner of the Management Terminal page, click Modify Management Terminal Password to start changing the password.

  4. Enter a new password, which must be 6 characters in length and may contain uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and digits. Special characters are not supported.

  5. Make the new password take effect:

    • For an I/O-optimized instance, the new password takes effect immediately.
    • For a non-I/O-optimized instance, restart the instance on the ECS console. Restarting directly within the instance will not apply the new password.
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