How do I create virtual machines?

Virtual machines can be created by clicking the 'New Virtual Machine' button, or by selecting a template from the template listing and clicking the 'Deploy' button.

From you dashboard, after selecting "Virtual Machines", click on the "New Virtual Machine" button.

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From you dashboard, after selecting "Templates", select the specific template you wish to create from and click the "Deploy" button.

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Step 1: Select a zone

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

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Step 2: Select template

Next select the platform (Linux or Windows) and the template from which to create the virtual machine. Note: Different zones may have unique template offerings.

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Step 3: Choose service offerings and data disk offering

After selecting the template for the virtual machine you will be asked to select the service offering and an optional data disk offering. The service offering will determine the amount of resources available to the virtual machine, while the data disk offering will attach an additional volume to the virtual machine at creation. Offerings larger than 8GB of memory require approval via the High CPU and Memory Offering Request Form.

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Step 4: Choose network settings

Next you will be asked to set the network settings for the virtual machine. If the virtual machine is being launched in the public cloud security groups will be available to be selected. Security groups determine the ingress connections that are allowed to the virtual machine. The default security group is always applied, and additional groups can be added to the virtual machine at your discretion. You also have the option of creating additional security groups. Note: Security groups can only be added to the virtual machine before it has been created.

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Step 5: Choose 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 decrypt the virtual machine password. You will have the option of selecting from existing key pairs (if available) or creating a new one.

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For more information about creating new Key Pairs please see the Key Pairs documentation.

Step 6: Additional options

The last step will allow for an optional name and group to be assigned to the virtual machine. You will also be able to instruct multiple machines to be created.

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Step 7: Confirm selection

After selecting the name and group for the virtual machine you will be able to review your selections and make changes before launching the virtual machine(s). To go ahead and create the virtual machine click the button labeled 'Start Virtual Machines'. When the virtual machines have finished booting you will receive an e-mail notification with the password for the virtual machines.