Creating a New Enterprise Cloud Server

Updated by Richard Seroter on Nov 13, 2014

Description:

The heart of the CenturyLink Cloud Enterprise Cloud Platform is the ability to create and manage virtual infrastructure. In this KB article, we demonstrate how to provision new virtual machines in the CenturyLink Cloud.

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.

Steps:

1. Start "Create Server" Process.
  • There are two places to initiate this process. The first is from the top-most navigation menu under the Servers section.

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  • The second place to trigger this process is from within the Servers UI. From the Servers page, select the New Server (+) icon.

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2. Provide Basic Server Information
  • Choose a Data Center to deploy this virtual server into.
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  • Set the following parameters:
    1. Group membership 
    2. Managed Server
    3. Standard or Hyperscale Server Type

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  • Choose the operating system template for this server. This can use any of the 20+ Windows and Linux templates offered by CenturyLink Cloud or a custom template created by a user within the account.

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  • Set the server name. The name entered by the user is part of a formatted name that is arranged as: <data center name> + <account alias> + <user-provided server name> + <counter index>. Server names can only be changed after the fact by contacting the CenturyLink Cloud NOC.
  • Set a description for the server. This field is mandatory.
  • Set the Administrator password for the server. This is the "Administrator" password for Windows, or "root" password for Linux.

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3. Define Server Resources
  • Specify CPU, memory and storage allocation for the server. Provision up to platform maximums. These values can be changed by the user after provisioning the server.
  • Add storage disks to the server up to platform maximums based on server type. Storage disks can be expanded, added, and removed after the server is built. Choosing a Partition results in a formatted disk in the operating system. Raw Disk provides an unformatted volume.
  • Select a CPU Autoscale Policy making it possible to scale servers up and down based on utilization ensuring optimal deployment of resources for cloud environments under a variety of conditions
  • Select an appropriate backup level for your new virtual machine. (Quick Tip:  This is only available for Standard Server Type)

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4. Network
  • Select the account network, primary DNS and secondary DNS for this server. Accounts can have multiple networks within a particular data center. If the user wishes to change their network settings after the server has been provisioned, they must contact the CenturyLink Cloud NOC who can, for a fee, change the vlan and re-IP the server.

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5. Time to Live

  • Set a Time to Live. Choose whether you want to manually delete this server at some point in the future, or whether the system should delete this server on a set date. Setting a time to live results in a new "Scheduled Task" added to the server. This Scheduled Task can be changed by the user after the server is provisioned.

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  • Click the Create Server button to queue the server build.
6. Confirm server settings
  • Once the CenturyLink Cloud build engine has provisioned the virtual server, you can see the details of the server.

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  • View and change its resource allocations by clicking the CPU, Memory or Storage icons and sliding resources up or down.

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