Getting Started with the VPC: Creating Projects and Virtual Machines

The first step when using the VPC is to create a project.

Projects are the combination of objects and resources (virtual machines, disks, networks, etc.) made available to the cloud owner. You can create up to twenty projects; to create more, please contact tech support. Each project can include resources from multiple locations (regions and zones).

Creating a Project

To create a project:

  1. Open the Virtual Private Cloud section in the control panel.
  2. Open the Projects tab.
  3. Click New project. Enter a name for your project (the system will assign a randomly generated name by default).
  4. Click Create project.

The newly created project will appear in your projects list.

Adding Resources

  1. Choose the region where you want to add resources. Two regions are available: Moscow and St. Petersburg.
  2. Quotas can be added to the selected region by clicking the corresponding buttons.
  3. Assign resources to your project:
    • virtual CPUs
    • RAM 
    • disk space
    • IP addresses
  4. Resources like images and subnets apply to a full region, whereas resources like vCPUs and RAM are given for a particular zone.
  5. After saving your changes, the Save button (2) will be replaced by the Optimize (1) button. By clicking Optimize, unused resources will be removed from the project. You can then save these changes or click Discard to restore your current quota.
  6. Network resources include floating IP addresses and public subnets. After creating a floating address or subnet, they can be used for connecting virtual machines to the Internet resources.
  7. Regions may be made up of several isolated zones (pools).

Whenever changes are made, the Save button will appear, and resource costs will be displayed in the column on the right.

After saving your changes, the updated resource values will be shown in the project list.

To rename or delete a project, open the project menu and choose the action you wish to perform.

Entering a Project and Creating Virtual Machines

To enter a project, click the project name from the list under Projects.

To create a virtual machine in the given region, click Create server.

Creating a Virtual Server

Set your virtual machine's parameters in the new window:

1. Enter a location and name for your server. Names are assigned automatically and can be changed if necessary.

2. Select a source for installing an operating system.

The deafult image is Ubuntu. To change the OS image, click Select different source. You can choose one of our prepared images, your own image, or a previously create volume or snapshot.

You can additionally write a custom script, which will be executed when the system loads, in the User data field when you click {...}.

3. Configure the virtual machine.

There are two types of server configurations available:

  • Custom. Assign a custom number of vCPUs and RAM.
  • Fixed. Choose a server configuration from two lines: business and performance, which offer various processor and RAM combinations.

For additional high-performance configurations, contact tech support.

4. Select a type of disk and amount of disk space.

5. Enter network settings.

At this stage, you can 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. Addresses from other networks can be attached to the machine later.

6. Configure access settings.

Assign a root password or add an SSH key for a more secure connection.

7. Click Create to complete virtual machine setup.

Afterwards, the new server will appear in the project's server list.

Machines can be sorted:

  1. by region
  2. by zone
  3. by date created

You may also choose the number of servers to display per page.

In the upper-right corner of each server are several symbols:

  • server status (active, powering off/on, shutoff)
  • turn on/turn off button
  • console
  • soft reboot

Expand the lower block to manage machine resources, volumes, and ports; access the console; or open the system log.

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

Opening the Console

To access the console, click the icon in the top-right of the block and open the Console tab.

A console window will open in the Console tab of the selected server.

Using buttons, you can perform the following actions:

  1. full-screen mode
  2. reconnect to console
  3. hot-keys list
  4. generate new password and assign it to server

Please note: Password prompts are saved in the browser and are only available on the computer the machine was created on.

Changing your password will not work if you use your own or third-party image.