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Accessing Ubuntu VM while SSH daemon is modified and cannot open socket


I was able to SSH into Ubuntu VM and things were working fine. Last time, I made some change to /lib/systemd/system/ssh.service (ssh daemon) which loads my shared library. Unfortunately, before stopping the VM I forgot to undo the changes and now, due to my shared library, it seems that the sshd is unable to open a socket. As a result, I am unable to ssh into my VM. I think if I get access to VM and undo the changes in /lib/systemd/system/ssh.service then things will work perfectly.

I don't whether there is another way of accessing my VM and it seems that the SSH is the only way to access, therefore, I have ended up in this situation. I have tried both RDP and Azure Bastion, and nothing is working. I am not whether I created any password and the ones that I remember are not working.

How to access the VM? What can I do to safe the data in my VM?

Please let me know. Thanks!

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@SA-7536 , thank you for your question.

You might want to try any of the following options:

  • Azure Serial Console

    The Serial Console in the Azure portal provides access to a text-based console for virtual machines (VMs) and virtual machine scale set instances running either Linux or Windows. This serial connection connects to the ttyS0 or COM1 serial port of the VM or virtual machine scale set instance, providing access independent of the network or operating system state. The serial console can only be accessed by using the Azure portal and is allowed only for those users who have an access role of Contributor or higher to the VM or virtual machine scale set.

    Serial Console is generally available in global Azure regions and in public preview in Azure Government. It is not yet available in the Azure China cloud.

    Please read the Prerequisites to access the Azure Serial Console.
    For detailed steps check Get started with the Serial Console


  • Recovering Azure VM by attaching OS disk to another Azure VM
    1. Create a temporary Linux Azure Virtual Machine (we shall refer to this new VM as the Recovery VM henceforth). [How-to guide]

    2. Mount a copy of the impacted VM's OS disk as a data disk on the Recovery VM. You can find a list of steps here.

    3. SSH to the Recovery VM and fix the issues on the mounted copy of the impacted VM's OS disk.

    4. Detach the mounted copy of the impacted VM's OS disk from the recovery VM. [How-to guide]

    5. Swap the OS disk on the impacted VM with the copy (which now has the fix). [How-to guide]

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Hope this helps.

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Thanks for your detailed response!

It seems the Serial Console is not working for me despite creating a custom storage account because I am not sure about the password and have only the ssh key.

Let me try the second option and will update you.

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@SA-7536 , thank you for your response. You can reset the password in a few easy steps using the instructions shared here. You can find more information on the az vm user update command and examples here.

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Thanks again!

Does it still work if no password was used when the VM was deployed?

Is it possible to create a new sudo user (abc_sudo) and user Serial Console to sign in using abc_sudo?


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