How do I find which node my VPS is on?
Sometimes, it is useful to be able to find the name of the specific node your VPS is on. For example, you may want to know if any announcements are applicable to your server.
Via My Knownhost
The most reliable way to determine which node your VPS is on is by using the My Knownhost client area of our website.
- First, you will need to log into the Client Portal Dashboard.
- From the Client Portal Dashboard, click “Manage” next to the relevant vps.
- At the left, click “Server Actions”
- Note the name of the node
- The node name is shown in three parts: the type, the number, and the data center. In this example, we have
The standard form of the node name has a hyphen between the number and the data center, like this:
The node name can sometimes be determined from the results of a traceroute run to the VPS. For example, here are example results from a traceroute to a VPS. Remember to run this from your local machine, not from within the VPS, and replace
162.X.X.116 with the IP address of your VPS (Note that if you are using Windows, the command might be
tracert instead of
[XXXXX@KnownHost ~]$ traceroute 162.X.X.116 traceroute to 162.X.X.116 (162.X.X.116), 30 hops max, 60 byte packets 1 rrcs-24-73-185-85.se.biz.rr.com (126.96.36.199) 17.688 ms 18.745 ms 21.412 ms 2 10.201.128.1 (10.201.128.1) 38.177 ms 39.162 ms 38.349 ms 3 ten7-0-1.bham10-ser1.bhn.net (188.8.131.52) 38.798 ms 38.959 ms 39.536 ms 4 72-31-207-194.net.bhntampa.com (184.108.40.206) 41.166 ms * ten0-0-0-3.bham01-car1.bhn.net (220.127.116.11) 41.339 ms 5 72-31-207-144.net.bhntampa.com (18.104.22.168) 41.526 ms 43.054 ms * 6 22.214.171.124 (126.96.36.199) 53.620 ms 33.067 ms 41.663 ms 7 0.ae0.pr0.atl20.tbone.rr.com (188.8.131.52) 40.007 ms 41.815 ms 41.782 ms 8 * * * 9 * * * 10 COLO4-DALLA.ear1.Dallas1.Level3.net (184.108.40.206) 58.910 ms 220.127.116.11 (18.104.22.168) 59.322 ms COLO4-DALLA.ear1.Dallas1.Level3.net (22.214.171.124) 59.428 ms 11 Jcore4.0.dal.colo4.com (126.96.36.199) 43.110 ms Jcore3.0.dal.colo4.com (188.8.131.52) 42.877 ms Jcore4.0.dal.colo4.com (184.108.40.206) 43.143 ms 12 220.127.116.11 (18.104.22.168) 43.952 ms 51.262 ms 51.159 ms 13 ssd05-tx.privatesystems.net (22.214.171.124) 43.456 ms 51.297 ms 53.838 ms 14 host.XXXXX.net (162.X.X.116) 51.030 ms 41.969 ms 41.750 ms
We are looking for the second to last hop. In this case, the line looks like this:
13 ssd05-tx.privatesystems.net (126.96.36.199) 43.456 ms 51.297 ms 53.838 ms
Notice how between the hop number and the IP address, it gives the name as
ssd05-tx.privatesystems.net. The node name itself is