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To get started with creating servers in the DIY service, follow these instructions.
- Begin by logging on to the DIY control panel.
- After logging in, click
Appliancesin the menu to the left.
- Then click
Create Virtual Serverto the right.
- Select OS for the server. There’s a plethora of options, including Linux distros, Windows versions etc. In this example, we select
Ubuntu 18.04, but you are free to choose whatever you like.
- Then, choose a label, name, domain and password for the server.
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
Domain: The second part of the complete server name (FQDN). If the server is to be named server01.exempel.se, you enter
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
Nexttowards the lower right.
- Next, select system resources for the server.
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 mentioning
SSDfor 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 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
IP range: Use
Anyhere as well.
Port speed: The speed of the virtual networking card.
Nextonce you’re done.
- Review your selections before the server is finally created.
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, click
Create Virtual Servertowards the lower right.
- 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.
- 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.