This tutorial will guide you through on launching your first self-managed Cloud Instance via Portal.
- Register and login to your Customer Portal account.
- Top-up credit to launch Cloud Instance.
Step 1: Navigate to Launch Instance tab under the drop-down list.
Step 2: (Optional) Change a region where you want your Instance to be launched to.
IMPORTANT: Please take note that the region of your Instance cannot be changed later.
Step 3: Enter a name for your Instance.
Step 4: Select a Flavor for your Instance.
Note: We offer a variety of Instance types (eg: General Optimized, RAM Optimized, CPU Optimized). You may select the flavor based on your use-case. Flavor can be upgraded in the future when scaling is required.
Step 5: Select an Image for your Instance.
Note: Windows images incur additional charge for licensing.
Step 6: Specify the type and size of your Volume.
IMPORTANT: Please plan ahead for the size of your volume. You can extend your boot disk later on, but there is no direct method of doing this. If you really do require a resize, please contact our Support.
Step 7: Generate a new key-pair for your Instance.
Note: You can also import and use your existing public key.
Step 8: Enter a name for your key-pair.
Note: This key-pair will be used to access your Instance.
Step 9: Download your private key (.pem).
Note: The private key is unique and non-retrievable nor re-settable, thus in any case this key goes missing, you might lose access to your Instance.
Step 10: Switch back to the “Launch Instance” tab, refresh and select your key-pair.
Step 11: Create new security group (firewall) rules.
Step 12: Enter a name and description for the new Security Group.
Step 13: View and edit the rules of your Security Group.
Note: The default security group allows all egress traffic and block all ingress traffic.
Step 14: Add new rules to the Security Group.
Step 15: Define a rule to be added to the Security Group.
Note: In this example, we will add port 22 to this Security Group. Any Instance that is associated with this Security Group will have port 22 allowed from 0.0.0.0/0 (all). For Remote Desktop Connection, please add port 3389 (RDP).
Tips: You might also want to add ICMP (Protocol) to the Security Group to allow Ping to your Instances.
Step 16: Switch back to the “Launch Instance” tab, refresh and select the Security Group created.
Step 17: Verify the cost for your Instance before you create.
Note: Make sure you have sufficient credit in your account before launching an Instance.
Step 18: Please wait while your Instance is being created. You may refresh this section to update the preparation status.
Your Instance will be in Active status if the launch is successful.
Note: You might want to take note of the IP addresses that have been assigned to your Instance.
- Access your Linux Instance through SSH.
- Retrieve the Windows administrator password and access your Windows Instance using Remote Desktop Connection.
- Modify the security group for common services.