Give your server a name. These names must be one word only.
Choose how many CPUs you want your machine to have.
Decide how much memory you want. Your decision here affects how much hard drive space you will initially have allocated.
For each 1GB of RAM, 20GB of hard drive space and 10GB of bandwidth will be allocated to that server.
If you have an SSH key associated with your account and you’d like to add it to the server, you can associate it now.
Pick which operating system or application stack you’d like to use for your server.
CloudAfrica has two types of servers available, an Operating System level Cloud Server or an Application Stack CloudMachine.
The CloudServer is everything you’ve always known and loved about your servers – it gives you full access to the entire operating system stack.
The CloudMachine is a smaller, light-weight application machine, which gives a pre-configured application level server, keeping development complexity to a minimum, giving you exactly what you need.
Choose which operating system or application stack you want install on your server.
From this point you can create your server.
At this point you can add an extra drive if you so wish.
CloudAfrica gives you 20GB for each 1GB if RAM.
Once the size of the server image is removed from this, what you have left is yours to allocate.
Decide how much storage you want on the machine, and create your machine.
Your new machine may take a few minutes to provision.
Once it has started up, you will be able to access it through the web console icon on the “Servers” listing page.
Alternatively you can set up the firewall rules you want in the “Firewall” section.
Not applicable to Windows image types
There are no extra access settings to configure. Once your server has been provisioned, you will be required to set up password credentials on first login.
There are costs associated to creating a VPC.
This allows Private access to your server.
If you do not require private access, disable this function and continue to the next step, alternatively, choose whether you want to select an existing VPC, or create a new one now.
You can also select the DC that the server is located in. This determines the physical location of the server.
Firewalling is enabled by default with all CloudAfrica servers;
Set up some firewall rules here.
If you have created a Private ONLY Server, and add a firewall rule, a Public IP Address will also be assigned to your server, allowing public access.
Select the Account/credit-card that will be billed for the server.
If you have not predefined one, you can create one here.
If you selected a VPC in step 5, you may skip this page automatically, since the card associated to payment for that VPC will be billed automatically
Once all the options have been selected, you can now confirm and get your server created.
The time it takes to create a new server is somewhere between 10-40 seconds.