With PCS (Public Cloud Services) by OVHcloud, managing your SSH keys has never been easier. OVHcloud allows you to store your SSH Keys directly in your account. This article will teach you how to leverage the Manager to maximize your ease-of-use, utilizing SSH keys.
Storing an SSH Key in the OVHcloud Manager
In order to store an SSH key in the Manager to be used for a public cloud instance, we need to log in to the OVHcloud Manager. After logging in, click Public Cloud in the top-left corner of the page. Then, on the following screen, click the arrow button next to the project name in the top-left corner of the screen. Now select the project on which you would like to store a new SSH key.
Next, click the SSH Keys button under the "Project management" section on the left-hand sidebar. Click the Add an SSH key button on the ensuing page.
You will now be able to add the key to the new popup that appears on your screen. You can name the key anything you choose. The name is a shortcut to help you identify a specific key, should you need to store multiple keys.
Note: You can store ED25519, RSA, or ECDSA keys in the OVHcloud Manager
Click the Add button and the key will be saved.
Using an SSH Key with a New Instance
In this section, we will be taking a quick glance at how to use a stored SSH key when deploying an instance. To learn more about this process, please check out our How to Deploy a Public Cloud Instance article.
The screenshot below shows the menu used to deploy a new instance. In Step 3, when you choose your OS, you can also select any keys stored on your project to be installed on your new instance.
Having read this article, you should know how to store an SSH key in the Manager, and how to use a stored key to a new instance. SSH keys are an important part of your security, and OVHcloud recommends you use them to your advantage on all of our product offerings.