Virtual machine rescue
You can use our console in order to reboot your machine and access its serial line. This is normally used to fix minor network or firewall errors when your box would otherwise be inaccessible.
However the serial line can also be used to change your system’s boot process in an emergency, or when you want to reinstall the operating system.
Dedicated servers have a network boot enviromnent instead of this boot option.
How it works
When you reboot your virtual machine from the console shell you will see a boot menu appear for 10 seconds allowing you to choose between three boot modes:
If you leave it alone, it will boot normally.
The third option, reimaging, is described here.
The rescue option causes the system to boot your system with init=/bin/sh specified to the kernel, and allows you to perform most of the rescue operations.