Creating a New Bare Metal Server

Updated by Bryan Friedman on Mar 14, 2016


Creating a bare metal server on CenturyLink Cloud follows a similar flow as creating a virtual server, with a few exceptions. The steps below demonstrate how to provision new bare metal machines in the CenturyLink Cloud. For specifications on which capabilities are supported for bare metal servers as opposed to virtual machines, you may reference the Server Comparison Matrix for details. For more information on Bare Metal servers in general, please refer to the Bare Metal FAQ.

Once you've gone through this KB article and created a new server, you can follow this Getting Started guide to learn how to securely connect to your new server.


  1. To start the "Create Server" Process, use the + icon on the left side of the Servers area and choose + Server to bring up the Create Server page.

    Create a New Bare Metal Server

  2. Just like for any server you create, you will first need to select the data center to deploy it to and a group to put the server in. Then, select the Bare Metal option (if it is available in the data center you selected).

    Create a New Bare Metal Server

  3. After selecting Bare Metal, you will be presented with a set of configuration options to choose from - each with a different mix of CPU, memory, and storage capacity. Simply click on the desired configuration (if it is available in the selected data center) to select it for provisioning.

    Create a New Bare Metal Server

    You should also notice the warning message that appears regarding no backups or storage redundancy. Customers who require backups for Bare Metal servers should review our Simple Backup Service.

  4. Now, choose the operating system for this server. Bare Metal servers currently offer a subset of the OS options offered for virtual machines on CenturyLink Cloud: Windows 2012 R2 Standard, Red Hat 6, CentOS 6, and Ubuntu 14.

  5. Next, you'll need to set the server name, description, and administrator password for this server, just as you do with any CenturyLink Cloud server. As usual, the name entered is part of a formatted name that is arranged as: (data center name) + (account alias) + (user-provided server name) + (counter index). The administrator password will set the "Administrator" password in Windows or the "root" password in Linux.

    Create a New Bare Metal Server

  6. Finally, select the account network, primary DNS and secondary DNS for the server, the same as you would for any CenturyLink Cloud server.

    Create a New Bare Metal Server

  7. After the server has been provisioned, use the Server Details page to see the details of the server and perform actions on it.

    Create a New Bare Metal Server