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How to Select, Configure, & Deploy a GoGrid Cloud Server in Minutes

January 10th, 2013 by - 9,442 views

If you visit the GoGrid homepage, you’ll be greeted with the following headline:

We make cloud infrastructure easy. Really easy.

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But without trying our cloud infrastructure service, how can you really know what “easy” means? It can be completely subjective and open to interpretation. Even so, we stand firmly by our statement. It IS easy because it simply boils down to 3 action words:

1. select
2. configure
3. deploy.

Don’t just take my word for it though. Your best bet is to test it out yourself. (Here’s a hint: If you’re new to GoGrid, contact one of our Cloud Experts, mention this blog post, and get a $100 service credit to see if we’re right.)

Almost as easy as watching a video

I understand you may not have time to do some hands-on testing so we’ve put together a short (3 minute 40 second) video that walks you through how to:

  • Find a Linux or Windows server image
  • Choose the right image
  • Configure your Cloud Server
  • Launch the Cloud Server
  • Get the administrator or root user password

How To Deploy a GoGrid Cloud Server

Deploying a GoGrid Cloud Server really is that easy.

Pictures tell a story, too

Ok, if you don’t have around 4 minutes to spare to watch the video, perhaps some pictures will help show how easy and quick this process really is. Remember, the steps are simply select, configure, and deploy.

First click “Add” from the menu and select “Cloud Server.” Then you need to select which of the 3 GoGrid data centers you want to deploy your server from the dropdown list:

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Then select the GoGrid Cloud Server image you’d like to use from the GoGrid Cloud Server pick-list:

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Next, you need to configure your Cloud Server by filling in the Name, Description, IP address, and RAM fields shown in this window:

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Click “Save” and the deploy step begins immediately. In a few minutes, your new GoGrid Cloud Server is ready to go! You can always see the server status by clicking on either the Jobs tab and looking at the server details…

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…or clicking on the Grid tab and hovering your mouse over the server (green=available and yellow=processing). The server shown here is still in the process of deploying (note the yellow status):

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And this is the same server ready to go (note the green status):

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Once your server is deployed, you can access it using a Remote Desktop Connection/Protocol (RDC/RDP) for Windows OS or SSH for Linux OS. You’ll need to get the password for the server (administrator or root, depending on the OS) to connect. To do so, simply go to the Support section using the top nav and then click on the Passwords tab:

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After you connect to your new Cloud Server, you’ll full control to configure it as you see fit. Your next step is to figure out how you’ll use the power of the GoGrid cloud to propel your business into the future.

Images Galore

Remember to take some time to explore the numerous GoGrid Cloud Server images available for you to use. Not only do we have the GoGrid base images for Windows Server 2012, 2008, and 2003, we also have various Linux distributions available for Ubuntu, RHEL, CentOS, and Debian.

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We also have several software solutions provided by GoGrid Partners in the GoGrid Exchange. We’ve categorized these partner solutions, which we call Partner GoGrid Server Images (PGSIs) as follows:

  • Software & Applications
  • Development & Testing
  • Disaster Recovery & Backup
  • Cloud Management
  • Security, Monitoring & Reporting

Our customer community is active in creating their own solutions based on our server images. Fully configured servers can be “packaged up” and provided as Community GoGrid Server Images (CGSIs) and shared freely with other GoGrid users.

With a process this easy and straightforward, the real question is, how will you be using GoGrid?

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Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan, formerly the Technology Evangelist for GoGrid, is a recognized technology, social media, and cloud computing pundit and blogger who writes regularly about technology news and trends.

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