How to Set Up a Linux Cloud Server
This tutorial will guide you through the process of setting up your first Linux server in the cloud with Elastic Hosts.
Step 1: Sign into your account
Sign into your user account. In case you don’t have an account, then you can sign up for a Free Trial as well. Go to control panel. Now, set up, stop and start servers, and create and manage the drives that you are going to install the servers on to.
Step 2: Add a server and a hard drive. Start your server
Go to the top menu bar; observe an ‘Add’ button for adding servers and drives. Add on a server called ‘test’, pre-installed with Debian Linux 6.0 and a 10 GB drive.
Now, select ‘Add’. Your server and its drive will be shown in the control panel now; however, the drive will initially show “imaging” when the operating system is copied onto it.
Wait till the image processing has finished. Being on your server, go to the Start icon. At the server, observe an IP address and VNC password that is needed in the next step.
Step 3: Ready to get connected with your server
Connect through VNC: Execute in-browser VNC viewer by selecting on ‘Show screen’. Log in to VNC as “root” giving a blank password, or giving username “root” and your VNC password.
Connect via SSH: Connect to your Linux Cloud Server using SSH. SSH is built over Linux and on MacOS. We suggest PuTTY be used as an SSH client for Windows. You are now allowed to login over SSH using the username “root” with your VNC password, or by giving the username “root” once the root password is set to the server.
You are ready with a Linux Cloud Server now!
The server is executing, it is ready as a fully-functional Debian Linux system. Shut it down and the data is going to be stored on the drive. Reboot the system again and the data will still exist and available, along with the complete configuration, the data and the software that are duly installed on it.
Options are also available while you’re adding new instances:
- You are allowed ONLY to add a server or a drive. While adding a server, you get the drive and a server that’s configured (setup) to boot from that drive. Whenever you add a drive, you will just receive the drive.
- You can provide a name for the server and/or drive.
Then we are possessed with a range of installation types:
- Pre-installed: pick one of the standard images, and then make a copy of it onto a drive in your own account. We are equipping with Ubuntu, Debian, a various Linux and Windows images.
- Self-install from CD: Install from the CD to the drive. We have various Linux options as well as FreeBSD. Most of the Windows trial CDs is allowed to activate by providing license keys.
- Boot from live CD: Boot off a centrally provided CD image which has no permanent data storage.
- Boot from existing drive: In case you already have a drive and just want to create a server that uses it.
Congratulations! You have successfully configured Linux cloud server setup.
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