Creating Your First Virtual Machine

To create a server, enter your project and click Create server.

In the upper section of the new window you can change the server name, which is generated automatically (1), choose an operating system image (the default image is Ubuntu) (2), and allocate resources to the machine (3).

If you want to change the image, click the image window (2) and choose the image you wish to install from the list (the minimum resource requirements will be shown under each image).

There may be several isolated zones (pools) in each region. Resources like images and subnets (regional resources) apply to the whole region, whereas vCPUs and RAM apply only to a specific zone.

If your machine does not have enough resources, you will see a warning in that resource’s window.

In this case, return to the projects list and add the necessary resources to that project.

In the lower part of the New server window, you can change your network settings and add floating IP addresses. Addresses are not hardwired to machines: for example, you can detach the address from one machine and attach it to another.

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.

Here you’ll find login/password settings and be able to add SSH keys to raise your connection’s security. To create your machine, click Create.

Your server will appear on the list.

Just above this list, you’ll see the options to sort your machines by region, zone, created date, and set the number of servers to display per page.

In the top right corner of each server block you’ll see a few icons: server status (active, powering-off/on, shutoff) (1), power on/power off server (2), open console (3), soft reboot (4).

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.