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Part 2 — Creating and using a Cloud Server

Cloud Servers allow you to run any application that’s available for the OS image you use. In this guide we’ll show how you can create an instance and connect to it using SSH to use it.

Get access to the Cloud Servers Beta

At this moment Cloud Servers are still in beta. If you you’re not part of the beta yet, you can request early access on the portal.

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Creating a server

To run applications on a Cloud Server you need to set one up first. When doing so you have to select the OS image and resources (including CPU, memory and disk) for the instance.

  1. Go to “Instances” on the portal and click “Create instance”.
  2. Configure your instance.

    Give it a name, select the OS image that runs on your Cloud Server instance, set the capacity and choose the size of its system volume.

Connect to a server

When creating a server, it will automatically be given a public IP. To use your server, you can use this to connect to it with SSH. You can do so by running:

$ ssh ubuntu@<server-ip>

Stopping or removing a server

You can stop and start a server, but note that stopped servers still take up resources and will be charged. You should therefore remove any server that you don’t need.

You can start, stop, or remove a server on its detail page. You can get there by clicking any server in the “Instances” list on the portal.

If you’ve set up a password for your SSH key, you’ll be prompted to enter this.

That’s how you create & use a server

Awesome! You’ve created an instance, connected to it and learned about the basic management actions. That means you’re ready to start running your applications and services on your new server.