Bare Metal Server Creation

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Creating BareMetal servers in Stratosphere is straight forward. Every server requires the following to be selected:

Please follow the instructions appropriate to your needs.

  • A zone
  • A template
  • A service offering
  • A security group (public cloud only)
  • A network (EPN cloud only)
  • A key pair

There are several ways to begin the process. You can start from your portal's "Instances" view

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OR from your Portal's 'Templates' view. Select any BareMetal template.

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Once you have begun, here are the steps you need to follow:

Select a zone

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When creating a BareMetal server you will first be prompted to select the zone in which to create the BareMetal Server. The zone will determine the placement of the server and the templates available.

Select a template

Next select the template operating system (Linux or Windows).

Note: Different zones may have unique template offerings.

Then select the most suitable BareMetal template

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Note: If you are a first time user, choose a template that most closely satisfies your requirements from the available Datapipe templates .

Select a service offering

After selecting the template for the BareMetal Server you will be asked to select the service offering. The service offering will determine the amount of resources available to the BareMetal server at creation.

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Choose network settings (Metal offering only)

If you are creating an instance in our private(EPN) cloud, you will be asked to select the network settings for the BareMetal Server. 

Your "Select Network" section will look something like this:

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Note: You have the option of specifying the exact address you wish to assign to your BareMetal server. It must, however, be within the range of addresses you specified for your virtual network.

Select a key pair

Public/private key pairs allow you to securely connect to your instance after it launches. The private key will also be used to securely dencrypt the virtual machine password. Select one from the drop-down list or create a new one.

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Sharing key pairs between various Baremetal servers is convenient but should that private key be lost or stolen, every server using that pair could be compromised. There are no limits to the number of key pairs you can create.

If you want to create a new key pair, click on the "Or, Create A New Key Pair" line. You will be presented with the following:

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Give your key pair a meaningful name. Clicking on "Continue" will create and select this for you.

If you do not store your private keys on the portal, make certain that you download them and put them in a secure location. Without your private keys, you will not be able to do such things as authenticate to your VMs using SSH keys or retrieve your Baremetal server's passwords.

For more information about creating new Key Pairs, go HERE

Add additional options

The last step will allow for an name (mandatory) and group (optional) to be assigned to the BareMetal server. Names will allow you to personalize your Baremetal servers, to make them more identifiable. Groups will allow you to organize your servers so that you can display like systems together in your browser. You can also configure the portal to create multiple servers (from 1 to 10) at the same time using the same configuration options you have selected.

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Note: You must give your BareMetal Server a name. It can be virtually anything you want it to be. You can use the entire alphabet, all digits, dashes and underscores. You cannot use special characters such as slashes or dots. It can be changed later. The system will not allow you to "Continue" if the name field is left blank or if you use an invalid character.

If you create multiple servers with the same name, the system will automatically increment the name for you to make it easier to differentiate. In the above example, "Your_Web_Server" would become "Your_Web_Server (1)", "Your_Web_Server (2)", etc

Other options include Instance User Data and Instance Tags

Confirm selection

After selecting the name and group for the BareMetal server you will be able to review your selections and make changes before launching the Baremetal server(s).

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To complete the Baremetal server setup, click the button labeled 'Start BareMetal Servers'. When the Baremetal servers have finished booting, you will receive an e-mail notification.

Click Finish or Create another BareMetal Server to finish or continue with the process.

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