All our dedicated servers go with IPMI for easier server management. However, the IPMI interface is currently accessible from our private network
only to provide enhanced security to the dedicated servers. Thus, it
will be necessary to set up a VPN connection to access the IPMI interface.
There are several VPN security tunneling protocols. We use L2TP on our Dedicated servers. L2TP was designed as improvement over PPTP and is combined with IPSec in order to obtain better security. L2TP connections have stronger authentication by requiring computer-level authentication through certificates as well as user-level authentication through a PPP authentication protocol.
The VPN setup process is quite simple since no additional software is
required on Windows, MacOS X and most of Linux distributions as the L2TP VPN
clients are already included into most current desktop distributions.
Before you begin your IPMI VPN configuration, please make sure that you have the following information at hand:
VPN server name for our IPMI VPN network connection: vpn.phx.web-hosting.com
VPN user name: you can find it in the Welcome Email
VPN user password: it was sent in the Welcome Email as well
Pre-shared key: from your Welcome email
IPMI user name and password.
Those users who have experience with VPN setup can follow these short
instructions and move to the last paragraph of the article once VPN is
Create a VPN connection to our IPMI network. 2. Configure the VPN
connection to work only within our private network. This step is not
obligatory but is strongly recommended, otherwise, you will not have
Internet connection while the VPN connection is active. 3. Connect to our IPMI VPN network. 4. Browse to the IPMI interface of your server (see How to access your server using IPMI interface part of the guide)Those who need assistance with VPN setup may use this step-by-step guide for VPN configuration below:
1. Click on the Network icon (tray icon) and then click Network & Internet settings:
2. Go to VPN > click + Add a VPN Connection:
3. Enter the following details:
VPN Provider: Windows (built-in) Connection name: name for your new VPN connection Server name or address: vpn.phx.web-hosting.com VPN Type: L2TP/IPsec with pre-shared key Pre-shared key: from your Welcome Email Type of sign-in info: Username and password Username (optional): VPN username from your Welcome Guide Password (optional): VPN password from your Welcome Guide
Click Save. Now it is possible to connect to IPMI VPN.
Disregard the certificate warning that might appear if you choose the secure connection. You can safely allow connecting to the IPMI interface and even create a security exception for this case (but only for this one), your data transfer will be encrypted anyway:
If you face some issues not mentioned above, feel free to submit a ticket to VPS and Dedicated servers department with the detailed description of the problem.