Creating Your First Virtual Machine

To create a server, enter your project by clicking the project name.

Click Create server.

In the new window, you will have to set:

  • Server settings
  • Network settings
  • Access settings

In the server settings, enter:

  1. Location (region and zone)
    Regions may contain isolated zones (pools). Resources like images and subnets (regional resources) apply to the whole region, whereas vCPUs and RAM apply only to a specific zone. 
  2. Machine name: this is generated automatically but can be changed if necessary.
  3. Operating system. The default image is Ubuntu.

    To change the OS image, click the corresponding frame (3) and choose your desired image from the list (the minimum system requirements will be given under the image).

    You will also be able to choose the image type and system architecture.
  4. Allocate resources to the server.
  5. If your server does not have suficient resources, you will be given the following warnings in place of the resource windows.
    In this case, return to the projects list and add the necessary resources.
  6. In the lower part of the New server window, you can change your network settings and add floating IP addresses (1). Addresses are not hardwired to machines: for example, you can detach the address from one machine and attach it to another.
  7. At this stage, choose a subnet and assign an address from that network to your machine: a private (grey) address or static public (white) address from the /29 public subnet. Floating public addresses can be attached to a private address. These addresses can be moved between servers without having to restart the machine. You can attach new addresses from other networks to the machine later.
  8. Assign a login and password (2).
  9. Add an SSH key for a more secure connection (3).
  10. To create your machine, click Create (4).

Your server will appear on the list.

Servers can be sorted according to the following parameters:

  1. Region
  2. Zone
  3. Data created
  4. Number of servers to display per page

In the top right corner of each server block you’ll see the following few icons:

  • (5) server status (active, powering-off/on, shutoff)
  • (6) power on/power off server
  • (7) open console
  • (8) soft reboot

Clicking the drop down menu icon will display additional options.

Click the lower section of the block to manage resources, volumes, and ports or to access the console and system journal.

To create a snapshot, open the Volumes tab and click the camera icon.