Archive: Using DigitalOcean

This is an archived page. We are keeping the page for any users who might find the following information useful.


To use the process outlined below, sign up for a DigitalOcean account, if you already do not have one.

When you sign up using the link above you start out with $10.00 of free credit. However, you will need to add valid billing information for verification.

Installing BitVise - For Windows Users

BitVise is a handy little program the enables you to connect to your virtual private server from DigitalOcean, as there is nothing built into Windows to connect to an external system.

Download and install BitVise on your Windows system.

Configure a Keypair

Windows Users

For security purposes, let's configure this server to use a special keypair instead of a password to login to our serve. Here's how you can do that:

  • Click on Click Key Manager link in the main BitVise window.
  • Next on the window that pops up, click the Generate New button.
  • Accept the defaults on the Generate New Keypair window by clicking the Generate button.
  • Your BitVise Client Key Manager window will now have your key in it.
  • Select the listed keypair and now click on the Export Button and make sure "Export Public Key" is checked and also underneath it you have "OpenSSH Format" selected then hit Export.

    Note down the place where the file generated is saved.

  • Double click on the file generated. Open this file using Notepad.
  • Next with Notepad open, go to your account on DigitalOcean to set this key in your account.

Mac Users

  • Go to Applications > Utilities > open terminal.
  • This command is an all-in-one - it checks if you have a key pair in the proper place and if there isn't, a key pair will be generated for you. Copy this command and paste it into your Terminal window then hit Enter.
    [-f ~/.ssh/id_rsa ] && { pbcopy < ~/.ssh/; } || { ssh-keygen -t rsa -f ~/.ssh/id_rsa -P ""; pbcopy < ~/.ssh/; }

Setting the Key in Digital Ocean

  • Open Settings from the top right, in Digital Ocean
  • Click the Security tab and click Add SSH Key.

Windows Users

Copy and paste your key from Notepad.

Mac Users

Back on the DigitalOcean page, add a Name for your SSH Key then in the box labeled Public SSH Key, paste the key from your clipboard.

Now your key is stored DigitalOcean for when you create the Virtual Machine!

Setting Up Our First Virtual Machine

  • Click the green button on the DigitalOcean page labeled Create Droplet and you are taken to the DigitalOcean Control Panel.
  • In the Name box set a simple name, such as your Place Name in High Fidelity.
  • For Select Size click on the $10.00/m configuration which is for 1 GB of RAM.
  • Region: you can add your preferred region.
  • Under Select Image, click the box labeled Ubuntu and make sure from the drop down it shows 15.04 x64
  • Select your SSH key under Add SSH Key.
  • Click Create Droplet and wait for the setup.

Connecting to your Droplet

After your new Droplet is created (Droplet is another word for your DigitalOcean Virtual Machine) you will now see a screen like this:

At the very top you will see the name you set for your droplet, system information and most of all your IP. The IP in this case is, so that is what you will use when we connect to the server.

Windows Users

  • Using the BitVise software we setup before, you will now put the IP from DigitalOcean into the box labeled Host. Next move over to Username where you put in Root, underneath that set Initial Method to publickey and last set Client Key to Global 1. You will see each of these sections highlighted with a pointer in this image:
  • Now just to make it easy to load up your settings next time you want to connect, you are going to click Safe Profile As on the left hand side menu of BitVise. Store this file in a place you will remember it because you will use Load Profile later to connect next time.
  • Once all of that is complete just click the Login button on the bottom of BitVise.

You will now be working from the terminal window--another word for the black window used to send commands to your Droplet. This is what it looks like:

Mac Users

In terminal, type ssh root@IP-OF-DROPLET. For instance, for this example we would type ssh root@

The first time you connect it will ask if you are sure you want to connect; type yes

You will notice your prompt (the words before the area you type in) has changed. That's when you know you are connected to your server.

Compiling and Running High Fidelity

The rest of this tutorial is pretty much automated and done by running a single command that runs through and installs everything needed to run a High Fidelity domain.

The script used here is a separate project maintained by Coal and is for Ubuntu 15.04 x64 only.

Copy these commands to your clipboard and paste it into the terminal one by one (to paste into the terminal just right click in the black window and you will see the text show up).

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y && apt-get install curl -y bash <(curl -Ls

You should now have a running High Fidelity Domain Server. Just go to a web browser and put in the address http://IP-OF-DROPLET:40100 to access the Domain Server control panel.

Setup Completed

Windows Users

In the BitVise main window you can click Logout.

Mac Users

Type the word exit and hit Enter. You will notice you are now back on your home computer as the prompt has changed back to your Mac's prompt.

Next Steps

Since the Domain Servers do not have to be updated as often as Interface, you can usually get away with only updating once a week or when you visit your domain and you get the message stating the Domain Server is running a different version than Interface.

When you need to update your Domain Server, just load up your connection details using Load Profile on BitVise. Click Login

Once you have the terminal window open, type this command"


It goes through the entire process automated to check if there is an update, and if there is, it pulls the new code and compiles it.