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How do you guys keep track of all you vps's login data?

How do you guys keep track of all you vps's login data?

kornnflakekornnflake Member
edited October 2012 in General

I wonder how you guys keep track of all you vps's login data. Cause some users here are talking about managing >10 vps. I currently do simple save all of mine in Putty's saved sessions. Is there an app for that which for example also tracks the billing period?

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  • @kornnflake said: Is there an app for that which for example also tracks the billing period?

    Email and invoice reminders.

  • I store it all in my ~/.ssh/config file

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  • wdqwdq Member

    I use 1Password.

  • There are several ways. One of them is to keep the passwords on your billing system. Another way, where you can also organise servers, vps etc is a mind map utility. I suggest FreeMind: http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

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  • Public/private keys. And, the WHMCS/SolusVM/CP passwords are either in KeepassX or Lastpass.

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  • jcalebjcaleb Moderator

    key pair... im too lazy, i use only a key, the one in my laptop

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  • Use the same password for every account you have!*

    *not a good idea.

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  • RandyRandy Disabled

    LOL .

    i save @ notepad

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  • I just set all my passwords to "qwerty".

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  • David_PDavid_P Member
    edited October 2012

    @Oliver I just set all my passwords to "qwerty".

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  • Excel/Google Drive.

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    If someone had tried with an uppercase O they might have got in, but I changed it after my post...

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  • They use the same public key combo, I just need to remember one passphrase.

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  • I use a unique key for each VPS with a varying passphrase.

  • @kornnflake said: Is there an app for that which for example also tracks the billing period?

    Random strings as passwords. Use KeyPass app to save them. Of course public keys as a way to access it if I loose that KeyPass db

    I have a personal script that keeps track of what VPSes I have with which company having what resources, billing dates and even planned or current usage to help in planning. If you would be interested in it, I may release it as GPL in github or something like that. Lemme know

  • @Nick_A said: Excel/Google Drive.

    Same here.

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  • RandyRandy Disabled
    edited October 2012

    how save can google drive be? notepad ftw for me ;-)

  • @Randy said: how save can google drive be? notepad ftw

    As safe as Randy managing Windows nodes.

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  • RandyRandy Disabled
    edited October 2012

    ;-). as safe as being hacked by china hackers;-)

  • If someone hacks Google and steals my documents, then my hat is off to them. Note, that's not hacking my account but hacking into Google's system itself.

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  • use public key :P

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  • @Nick_A said: Excel/Google Drive.

    Same here, but the password is stored at short version, for example, my real password is "ihavenoidea", then it will be stored as ihni =)

  • mpkossenmpkossen Administrator

    Random, very strong password for servers (root/sudo users), which is 50 characters alphanumeric and special characters, saved in a KeePass. I log in with my private key. I'm pretty save in that area ;)

    Anyway, storing password in anything like an excel sheet (password protection FTW) or a plain text document seems like a really stupid idea. For some of us here it's their business that depends on it. We've all seen it go wrong. Have we all learned?

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  • I use keypairs for ssh/scp, and Keepass for everything else.

  • I set random long passwords which i immediately forget. Then i use ssh keys to login.

  • rm_rm_ Member
    edited October 2012

    There are people who leave password auth in SSH enabled? O___O WHY???

    I login by password only once; then

    ssh-copy-id [email protected]

    then edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config as below, and restart sshd.

    PasswordAuthentication no

    Done, all further logins are only by the public/private key.

    Try for yourself: http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/ssh-public-key-based-authentication-how-to.html

  • @rm_ said: WHY???

    Don't underestimate lazyness :) Besides i am always a little nervous making sshd reload when i am connected over ssh.

  • ZeroZero Member
    edited October 2012

    Random chars password generated and saved with KeePassX.

  • rm_rm_ Member

    @rds100 said: making sshd reload

    Not even reload, plain /etc/init.d/ssh restart never caused a problem for me, and the connected session does not break (not sure how, must be magic).

  • edited October 2012

    For hosts I log in very often I use public key authentication. I edited SolusVM Access Key script according to my needs and host it on my server along with my public key/md5, so it's super easy to install.

    For others, I either use 1Password, or Password phrases. image

    I usually go with something like bacon[hostname]vanillaliverpool kind of password phrases :D

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  • I prefer Keepass.

  • Excel :)

  • Notepad and stored in a true crypt hidden volume which is unmounted anytime I leave my computer. Backed up on external which is also true crypt encrypted :p

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  • @Fusioned_George Not very useful against dictionary words based guesses though :D

  • @Chan said: Not very useful against dictionary words based guesses though :D

    Nah.. it will takes ages to crack until they get the right order of the right words (plus there's the hostname). It's pretty safe ;)

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  • I'm just using my Excell to save my billing info, my vps details, with each vps have their own password with 20chars

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  • AsadHaiderAsadHaider Member
    edited October 2012

    I have an access database which holds data on the providers, the server specs, and hostnames, ip addresses, what it's used for, etc.

    Although I do keep forgetting to update it, there's a few yearly boxes I've probably forgotten about until I get reinvoiced next year.

    For anything that isn't production use, I use the same ssh key to access the server.

  • GMail with 2FA. I understand that's not a good thing for production systems*.

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  • Keypair authentication, with password auth via SSH turned off. Everywhere. No exceptions.

    For all my other passwords (billing panel, etc.), KeePass.

    Seriously, there is no valid reason not to use KeePass / KeePassX. If you're reusing passwords anywhere, install and use KeePass instead. You do not want to get burned by password reuse, trust me.

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  • jcalebjcaleb Moderator

    im new to keepass and password management. so if i install on my desktop, what if my desktop got corrupted or malfunction one day?

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  • @jcaleb said: im new to keepass and password management. so if i install on my desktop, what if my desktop got corrupted or malfunction one day?

    You can safely backup your KeePass database file remotely, assuming the password/keyfile you used for it is strong enough. All data is encrypted. The ideal solution imo would be a strong master password, and a backup of your KeePass database to a thumbdrive, as well as some VPS.

    This takes advantage of one of the main benefits of encryption: you don't have to trust your storage/network provider :)

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  • wdqwdq Member

    @jcaleb I personally put my password manager's data files into my Dropbox folder which syncs and backups the data with my other computers. that way if one of my computers has issues I'll still have my passwords.

  • ~/.ssh/config and email invoice reminders

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  • Before keepass or passwordmanagers I used to do this:

    $ echo "mypassword+address.of.server.org" | shasum a784dab573dfa1efbfbeb0fdcfb8f8c7b1921cc5 -

    My secret password, plus the domainname or the server address. Works quite well, had it in a GPG encrypted text file...

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  • @Raymii That's pretty much exactly what I do, I even wrapped it up in a little script for convenience. Seems to work alright and I don't have to worry about keeping any files secured.

  • Tatoo-ed the credentials on my P*nis

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