Basic Server Setup: Visual Guide




The only prerequisite for adding a server is that you must have billing details added.

Step 1 - Selecting Image

Give your server a name. In this example, we will use: test1

If you select "Show Descriptions", you will be given more details about each image.

We will select: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Server 64-bit KVM

This is 1 of our popular Image options

Click on NEXT

Step 2 - Select Image Size

We will select the CA-2 2GB/2-core instance (Prices may vary from the examples provided on this page)

Click on NEXT

Step 3 - Storage

For specific servers, like the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, the image-size is fixed at 19GB. However, our CA-2 plan has 40GB. The Storage option will pre-populate the additional 21GB storage for you, as seen below

Click on NEXT

Step 4 - SSH Keys

An SSH key will be added to the server during Image Creation. We have selected one of the previously-added SSH keys

Click on NEXT

Step 5 - Private Network

In this example, we will not be using the Private Network options, so we can go ahead and disable it. Click on the Checkbox next to "Enabled"

Click on NEXT

NOTE:

If you do not disable this option, you must supply a VPC name, description, Select the account that will pay for the VPC and associated Server, and lastly the Data Centre in which the server will be located. 

NOTE: There are costs associated to the creation and management of a VPC.

If you have not yet set up an account, do so now. For more info on this, please refer to this article: Update Credit Card Details Guide

Step 6 - Public Network / Firewall

As the feature is enabled automatically with all CloudAfrica servers, it requires a decision to either Disable Public network Access or adding the access information during this step. We need to expose Port 22 to SSH into the server. If we want tighter security, we can limit the Source to a few known IP-addresses (eg. a corporate IP-address network), but in this example we will not limit the Source

Select the + button.

Next add "22" in the Port Field, then select SAVE

Click on NEXT

Step 7 - Account

Select the Account/credit-card that will be billed for the server.

If you have not yet set up an account, do so now. For more info on this, please refer to this article: Update Credit Card Details Guide

Click on NEXT

Step 8 - Confirmation

Once all the options have been selected, you can now confirm that you agree with the Terms of use and get your server created.

The systems take approximately 10 - 40 seconds to create a new server.

Congratulations! You have now created your first server! Go ahead and SSH into your server using our guide here: Accessing your Server