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Manage Virtual Servers

You can manage virtual servers on servers tab in specific vDataCenter's page. To create new virtual server, click on Add Server button, shown below and choose which server would you like to create: Blank Server or Server with preinstalled applications and services.

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Create Blank Server

Blank Virtual Server is server, which is build with chosen operating system but without any applications or services preinstalled.

You can install any application later on it, when the build process is completed.

To start build process of blank server, click on Add Server button and choose Blank Server from dropdown menu as shown in Img. 1, fill up required parameters in popup form and submit it.

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In General tab of server creation form (Img. 2) provide name for new server and choose the source from which it will be built. If you have already created volume or snapshot from other server, you can choose one of these sources, or if it should be newly built server, than choose Image source and select preferable operating system from Boot Image list. (Img. 3)

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Also you need to select computing resources package and optionally provide Custom Disk Size, if default disk size from computing package is not acceptable. (see Img. 4)

Note, that price per hour and per month for all computinge resource packages are provided on Resources tab (Img. 4). Those packages, which have red question mark alongside their name, are disabled. You can click on question mark to see exact reason. It may be due to lack of deposit for server with given package to be built, or it may be because you have reached CPU cores, or RAM or Storage limits in this vDataCenter. All limits can be checked on Dashboard page.

By default, if this server will be deleted, it's volume remains in cloud system and can be used for new server to be built from it. If you prefer to delete the volume together with the server, you need to check Delete Volume checkbox shown in Img 4.

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Next step is to select network parameters for the server (Img. 5). It is possible to assign either public IP address to the server or private IP address from one of the local networks, created in current vDataCenter. But it is not allowed to assign both public and private IP addresses simultaneously during build process, but you can still add as many network interfaces as you need and assign them either private or public IP addresses according to your needs.

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Next step to select Security Group is optional (Img. 6). If you leave this step without selection, new server will be built with "Default" security group attached, but you can change this group or even disable it after server is built.

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Virtual Server can be access by two different methods: either by SSH or directly to console from GCloud web interface. SSH access is mandatory, while console access can be enabled during server build process. That's why it is mandatory to select SSH public key, which will be installed on the server. (see Img. 7)

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Finally, you can review all selected parameters for the server on Summary tab of server creation form. (Img. 8) If you decide to change any of provided parameters, you can click on "Edit" button alongside the parameter to go directly to that tab and make necessary changes. Also on summary tab, you can enable console access and provide (or generate) administrative password for authentication to console.

Note, that provided administrative password is temporary and you'll need to change it as soon as you access server's console for the first time.

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After you submit the form, if all necessary parameters are provided correctly, you'll get a message that build process for the server has started, which will take some time to complete. (see Img. 9)

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By pressing on "Refresh" button, you can see the progress of server's build process and when it's completed you'll see new alert about server's status. (Img. 10, 11)

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If you click on server's name (Img. 10), you'll see details about server parameters and also additional tools for managing the server (Img. 12).

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You can start/stop, access console, edit or delete the server and also use additional tools, provided by the dropdown menu at the rigth bottom corner of each server.

Create Server with Pre-Installed Applications

If you choose to create virtual server with applications, first of all you have to select these applications and their corresponding version you desire to install. (Img. 13)

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Note, that some applications are conflicting with each other, that's why you may not select any combination of them. When you start selecting application, you get warning alert with which other applications it is conflicting, consequently conflicting applications are disabled.

After all desired applications are selected, next step is to provide name of the server and choose preferable operating system from boot image list. (Img. 14)

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Note, that each application has list of supported operating systems and when you choose boot image, there are only those images provided which are supported by all applications selected in previous tab.

All other steps in server creation form are the same as for blank virtual server described above.

After submitting the form, if all required fields are correctly filled up, you'll get the message that server build process has started and by clicking the "Refresh" button you can see the progress of this process. (Img. 15)

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If you get the following error message (Img. 16)

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It means that overall RAM required for selected applications exceeds the amount of RAM in selected computing resources package, that's why it's impossible to build the server.

After the server is built, you can review it's details by clicking on it's name. Pay attention to "Apps" tab inside created server's details section. There are listed those applications and their versions which were installed during build process. (Img. 17)

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At the bottom of server's details you see all management buttons, which are available for blank servers as well.