How To Enable HTML5 Console For Your VM

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Overview

In order to use the new HTML 5 console, in the Impact VPS client area, you will need to make a small modification to your VM.

Debian 5,6,7

On these Debian versions all you have to do is open the inittab file for editing:

nano /etc/inittab

and then add the following text at the very end.

1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty 38400 tty1

Once you have saved and closed the file, you need to reboot for it to take effect.

Ubuntu 10.04, 12.04, 14.04

Ubuntu is similar except  you have to create or change the tty file:

nano /etc/init/tty1.conf

The contents of the file should be:

# tty1 - getty
#
# This service maintains a getty on tty1 from the point the system is
# started until it is shut down again.

start on stopped rc RUNLEVEL=[2345]

stop on runlevel [!2345]

respawn
exec /sbin/getty -8 38400 tty1

Once you have saved and closed the file, you must reboot for it to take effect.

Centos 5

Centos 5 uses the inittab file as well to manage this, open it for editing:

nano /etc/inittab

Then append the following line to the end:

1:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty tty1 38400 linux

Once you have saved and closed the file, restart your server for it to take effect.

Centos 6

For Centos 6 we will be editing the tty file:

nano /etc/init/tty.conf

Make the contents of this file to be like the below text:

# This service maintains a getty on tty1 from the point the system is
# started until it is shut down again.

start on stopped rc RUNLEVEL=[2345]

stop on runlevel [!2345]

respawn
exec /sbin/agetty -8 tty1 38400

Once you have saved and closed the file, reboot for it to take effect.

Conclusion

If you completed this without error you should be able to click on the novnc button under the management area of your server to launch the console:

novnc button

 

A popup should show up. You may need to wake up your console by hitting the “send ctrl+alt+del” button

wakeup console

Then hit the enter key and the console should be aware and able to be used.

console success

 

If you a screen like this you have successfully connected to the html 5 console, congrats!

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Alex Wacker has written 16 articles

I am the founder and owner of Subnet Labs LLC. Impact VPS is one of our VPS brands. Linux, virtualizaton and the internet amaze me and I enjoy learning new things every day about them.

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