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Getting Started: Ordering Servers

Ordering Servers

Dedicated servers can be managed and ordered in the control panel from the Servers section.

In the new window, you will find a list of your servers and key information.

Servers can be sorted by location or configuration.

Clicking a server block will open the server control panel and interface for ordering additional services.

Under the Information tab you’ll find the following: server name, status (available/unavailable), location, paid period, and IP address.

To order a server, select Order server from the menu.

To order a server with a standard configuration, choose Dedicated server from the top menu, select a location, then click the server you wish to order. Configurations can be sorted by location, lines, CPU, and volume types.

During the next step, you can choose which additional services to order, and then finalize your order by proceeding to checkout.

To order a custom server, choose Custom configuration from the top menu.

Automated OS Installation

Dedicated server customers have access to a list of available OS templates for automated installation. This list can be found in the server control panel in the Operating system dropdown menu under the Reinstall tab.

From here you can install the latest versions of popular Linux distros (Ubuntu LTS 16.04, Debian 8, Fedora 25) as well as Windows and VMWare EsXi (without active licenses).

There are also pre-installed software templates: Proxmox and Cloudera Hadoop.

Windows

Installing Windows has gotten even easier: if you previously had to send a request via ticket system and then wait, now Windows can be installed right from the control panel in just one click. The following versions are available: 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2. Licenses have to be ordered separately (available in the Services tab).

There are two installation options: active and inactive. The only difference is that active versions enable server access over winrm protocol for possible remote license activation. Nothing is added on top of the standard Windows image.

Proxmox

A lot of our users rent dedicated servers to build their own virtual environments. With these users in mind, we created a template with the Proxmox virtualization management system.

Proxmox is a Debian-based Linux distro and can be used to quickly deploy virtual machines and manage them over a web interface.

The autoinstall image uses open Proxmox VE (without support), which installs additional packages on top of Debian. If you need official support from Proxmox, then the repository needs to be changed in the signature. Added features include:

  • LXC container support
  • QEMU/KVM virtualization
  • IPv6 support
  • Ability to create high availability clusters with Proxmox VE HA Manager

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi is the de facto standard for hypervisors in the world of virtualization. Almost any system can be used as a guest OS: Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, Solaris, etc.

VMware ESXi is only 348 MB, most of which are drivers for different operating systems (VMware Tools).

Of all the existing hypervisors, VMware ESXi is the most stable and secure. Its benefits include flexible access and security management, simple cluster deployment and configuration, uninterrupted virtual machine migration (vmotion technology), and more.

The VMware ESXi template will undoubtedly be of particular interest to those looking to configure a private cloud on a rented infrastructure. The latest releases of version 5 and 6 are available.

Only freely distributed hypervisors can be installed from our control panel. To deploy a full cluster of virtual machines, additional paid components will have to be installed. These will need to be purchased independently from VMware’s partners.

Cloudera Hadoop 5

For users looking to deploy a Hadoop cluster on servers rented from us, we’ve also prepared a special installation template built on Cloudera.

All of the servers to be included in the cluster must be connected over a local network. This can be done using our Local Port service.

Hadoop clusters consist of a master node (which Cloudera Manager has been installed on) and slave nodes (which are called simply agents in our panel).

We can define servers as master or slave in the control panel (under Reinstall - Operating System).

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After you have entered all of the necessary parameters, click Reinstall.

Once the installation is complete, we recommend doing the following on each server:

  • Configure the network interface of the local network
  • Enter the appropriate local IP and hostnames in the /etc/hosts file for each server cluster

This can be done using Ansible or another configuration management tool.

Afterwards, we can start configuring the cluster in the Cloudera Manager web interface. In the browser, open http://[Cloudera Manager server IP]:7180/cmf/home. In the authorization form, enter the default login and password (admin, admin) and click Login.

A page with the licensing agreement will open. Check the box “Yes, I accept the End User License Terms and Conditions,” and then Continue.

Afterwards, choose which version of Cloudera Manager to install:

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Choose the free version (Cloudera Express) and click Continue.

KVM Console

Every dedicated server is equipped with a BMC module, which enables remote power management and KVM access.

To open the KVM console, click the console icon in the top right corner of your server’s info page.

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Please note that depending on your server configuration, the console interface may appear differently than displayed in the screenshots below.

The console works directly in the browser and automatically adjusts to your screen size, and servers can be easily managed from tablets (phone screens are a bit too small).

Using the Console

The KVM console launches in a noVNC session.

The console consists of a modal window with a menu and three power-management buttons, which mimic the functions of the server's reset button:

  • Reboot
  • Power off
  • Power on

Please note: When opening multiple tabs with novcn sessions, text input will only be available in the tab that was first opened. Text input in subsequent tabs will not be available.  

There are two ways to move the virtual desktop:

  • Drag the window to the desired location while holding down the Alt key and left mouse button
  • Drag the window to the desired location while holding down the Shift key and left mouse button

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Please note: Depending on the platform, the console window may blink. This is due to no video output and happens when sleep mode is enabled. This can only be resolved from within the installed system. Read more.

Virtual Keyboard

To open the on-screen keyboard:

  1. Select Virtual Media from the menu.
  2. Click on the Virtual Keyboard menu item.
  3. The on-screen keyboard can be moved the same way as other noVNC windows.

The integrated keyboard lets you enter key combinations by pressing them in order (for example: Ctrl, Alt, and Del).

In the menu under Macro, you will find a list of key combinations which normally cannot be directly entered because they halt the system. 

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