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How do I create a server in the Do-it-yourself service?

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To get started with creating servers in the DIY service, follow these instructions.

  1. Begin by logging on to the DIY control panel.
  2. After logging in, click Virtual Servers under Appliances in the menu to the left.
    Klicka på Virtual Servers i menyn
  3. Then click Create Virtual Server to the right.
    Klicka på Create Virtual Server
  4. Select OS for the server. There’s a plethora of options, including Linux distros, Windows versions etc. In this example, we select Linux -> Ubuntu -> Ubuntu 18.04, but you are free to choose whatever you like.
    Välj operativsystem och klicka på Next
    Then click Next.

Keep in mind that if you select a Windows OS for the server, you will be charged extra for a license, apart from the normal costs for the server.

  1. Then, choose a label, name, domain and password for the server.
    Välj namn etc för servern
    The input fields indicate:

    Label: A friendly name for the server. Often the same is entered here as is used for hostname (below).

    Hostname: The first part of the complete server name (FQDN); what you’ll see next to the prompt when logging on via SSH. If the server is to be named server01.exempel.se, you enter server01 here.

    Domain: The second part of the complete server name (FQDN). If the server is to be named server01.exempel.se, you enter exempel.se here.

    Password: The admin password for the server. On servers running Linux, the admin user is root, and if the server runs Windows it’s named administrator. You choose if you want to create a password by yourself or if you want a random one. If you want a random password, enter nothing in this field.

    Password confirmation: Enter the same as in the Password field (if anything, see above).

    Encrypt password: You can opt in to encrypt your admin password, which otherwise will be readable via the control panel. If you enable this, you must enter a passphrase to see the password.

    If you select password encryption, you get two additional fields:

    Encryption passphrase: Here you enter the passphrase for unlocking the password display. If you forget this passphrase you will be unable to see the admin password for your server.

    Encryption passphrase confirmation: Enter the same passphrase as above again.

    When all fields are filled in, click Next towards the lower right.

Be sure that you select a server name using a domain you control. You want to point the FQDN towards the server’s IP address. You can see the IP address once the server has been created.

  1. Next, select system resources for the server.
    Välj systemresurser
    The various options indicate:

    Compute Resource: What hypervizor (hardware node) the server should reside on. The control panel gives you a suggestion, but you can change it if you want.

    RAM: How much memory the server should be equipped with.

    CPU(s): How many CPU cores the server shall have access to.

    Cores per socket: You can only select 1 here.

    Primary data store: Choose the storage cluster for the primary drive of the server. Use the one mentioningSSD for maximum performance.

    Primary disk size: Select the disk size for the primary drive. If you require additional drives on the server, they can be added once the server has been created.

    Swap data store: Choose data store for the server’s swap partition. Use the one mentioning SWAP.

    Swap disk size: How much swap space the server shall have.

    Network: Here you can select which C class the server’s primary IP address should be from, if you have any preferences. Default is Any, meaning that the server can get any free IP address from any of the C classes assigned to the DIY service.

    IP net: Use Any here.

    IP range: Use Any here as well.

    Port speed: The speed of the virtual networking card.

    Click Next once you’re done.

You’ll see the hourly price for the server update as you modify the options (to the left of the Next button).

  1. Review your selections before the server is finally created.
    Granska dina inställningar innan servern skapas
    If you select Enable Automated Backup, the server will use snapshot backups. This saves the server as it was at the backup moment, and if you restore from such a backup, the entire server will be restored.

    If you’re happy with the server settings etc, clickCreate Virtual Server towards the lower right.
  2. The control panel now begins building the server (which the message on top of the page lets you know). You can follow the progress in the table by the end of the page.

If you chose that the control panel should randomise a password for you, you can find it by clicking password on the Login row. If you chose to encrypt the password, you’ll be asked to enter your passphrase.

On the row IP Addresses, you can see what IP address(es) that has been assigned to the server.

  1. Once the server has been built you can access it via SSH, console or RDP (the latter if it’s a Windows server you’ve created). For access via SSH, use the username root (as mentioned above), and the password for the server. Use the IP address or FQDN to reach the server.

Keep in mind that there is no support included in how you use the server after it has been created. If you experience and problems during the setup process described above, feel free to contact us so we can take a look.

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