This environment lets you access your server even if it’s really broken, or ‘down’.
Our Dedicated Servers will offer to network boot before they try their hard drives. After power-cycled the server from the console, you should see the following on the video or serial line within 30 seconds (Premium Dedicated Servers will take minutes):
Ignore this for 10 seconds or just press enter, your server will boot normally. To start the network boot environment instead, just type:
The screen will prompt you to press Ctrl+f then a digit for further instructions on rescue and reinstall options.
Cloud Servers do not automatically enter the network boot menu, but instead prompt you to click the blue Ctrl+n button (at the top of the screen) during the boot process. Doing so will display a menu of three options: “rescue”, “boot”, or “old”. “rescue” will network boot the machine, “boot” will boot as if you’d left it alone, and “old” will present the menu shown above, as for dedicated servers.