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CoreOs Container Linux is very light in comparison with other Linux distributions and requires applications to run inside their containers.
Create SSH Key Pair For Server Authentication
Login to the server (Droplet) will be via SSH keys and not passwords. SSH keys come in pairs, one private and the other public. The private key is known only to you while the public key can be shared with any SSH server to which you would like to connect.
Open a Terminal window and type the following:
ssh-keygen -f ~/.ssh/do-rsa -t rsa -b 2048
-f species the file name of the keys
-t is the type of keys to create
-b are number of bits in the key
You will not require a passphrase for this key.
After the process is complete, you get output similar to the following:
~$ ssh-keygen -f ~/.ssh/do-rsa -t rsa -b 4096 Generating public/private rsa key pair. Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): Enter same passphrase again: Your identification has been saved in /Users/kagundajm/.ssh/do-rsa. Your public key has been saved in /Users/kagundajm/.ssh/do-rsa.pub. The key fingerprint is: SHA256:e1IRUFcVrulCNSDlIp0swNKVVpvwPIfXv8QO7OtVNcE kagundajm@kag01 The key's randomart image is: +---[RSA 4096]----+ | o..o+=+o..o+o| | . o.o* Boo .E.| | . .o %.+ + o.| | o =.o * o| | S .. = +.| | o. o + o| | o .. o + | | o . o | | .o | +----[SHA256]-----+ ~$
Login to your DigitalOcean account. If you do not have an account with DigitalOcean, create a new account. Using the link will give you a $10 credit to start with.
Create Your Server (Droplet)
Click on Create button and select Droplets
Select Container distributions tab and under CoreOS select stable version
Select Droplet size
Scroll down and select a data center region that is closest to your location
Copy the contents of the public key you created earlier to the clipboard
From the Terminal type:
The command will display output similar to the following:
ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAADAQABAAACAQDCjLHmTmApuM0ckdo8YHqIaoZFyhUIxOP9LdvM41/sZxRtaigpc3Kjgc3hRe+scM7ikUaBYpfw7EdBjQJ4OgezvpYdRjCnMwHwrr4KY/iIJVTxEWkPkVVBfLl8xdGAMZFiXr8a+1LjASsnqJu1BhY04g3ZnniZrf/jii1pZ+5sfnK73SZWaLKI5Qseg1X6raNs4lQ4zFB6v9YCWLzk27tiLV3pnJDdaMMCNDVEyEafz4peJ9IGzyKihtQ4MG/Mb4OLw97sCs2NDK9Ts95NTOfDnXzSRtJnDq7BUGFC+jb7V6hvmX4w== kagundajm@kag01
Select and copy the output of the command starting from and including
ssh-rsato the end of the output
Click New SSH Key
- Paste the copied ssh key output under SSH key content
- Type a name for the key
- Clck on Add SSH key button
If you want, you can change the name of your hostname of just use the provided name
Click on Create button
You will be re-directed to your Droplet page and a progress bar will be displayed as your Droplet is being created.
After the create process completes, an IP address for your Droplet will be displayed next to the Droplet name.
A best practices for setting up your new CoreOS server email will also be sent to your email address.
Logging In to the new Droplet
From your local machine type the following command:
ssh -i ~/.ssh/do-rsa firstname.lastname@example.org
`-i` specifies the ssh key to use `core` is the default user created when we created our server/Droplet `45.45.283.61` is the IP address of our Droplet
Type yes and press Enter key when asked whether to continue connecting.
After successful login, your prompt will change to something similar to
core@coreos-s-1 ~ $
You can type
exit to get back to your local machine prompt or play around with any linux commands while connected to the Droplet.