How to gridscale

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How to gridscale

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Welcome to gridscale

We are pleased that you have found your way to gridscale, the most intelligent PaaS & IaaS solution. This How To helps you with your first steps with gridscale.
The step-by-step instructions include everything about registration, your first server, storage, templates & ISOs, snapshots, object storage, IP managers, networks and more.

If you have already created a gridscale account, just jump directly to the > gridscale panel at a glance or via table of contents to the point you are interested in.

Other topics you might be interested in at the beginning:

Getting started PaaS by gridscale
Getting started Cloud Automation
Getting started gridscale Load Balancer
Getting Started gridscale API
gridscale API Documentation

Sign up at gridscale

Start here if you have not signed up yet at gridscale.

Registration is completed in a few steps.

Create a new account on the login page.
Confirm your email address in our welcome email.
Log into your gridscale account and enter a payment method and account information. The Account & Settings menu is located in the upper right corner of the panel.

After you have confirmed your e-mail address and entered a valid payment method, you can use gridscale in its full functionality.

To get a feel for our intuitive user interface and instant provisioning, you can also try out the panel without a payment method. In trial mode, however, you cannot connect your infrastructure to the Internet to prevent abuse and not all features are available to you.

gridscale Panel Overview

Here I explain how to keep track in the gridscale panel.

When you log in for the first time, you should see your empty dashboard.
The dashboard displays important information about your servers, storages and networks.

gridscale panel overview

The gridscale panel is divided into three areas. The main menu is on the left, the content area in the middle and the account & settings menu in the upper right corner. Dashboard and other areas are also based on drag and drop.

Main menu

In the main menu, on the left side, you can access and manage all gridscale features and functions.

Main content

The center of the panel is the content area, where you can manage the individual features and functions.

Account & Settings Menü

In the Account & Settings menu in the upper right corner of the panel, you can manage your personal settings.

Costom Settings
Under Settings you can change your e-mail address and your password. Other features available here are language, 2-factor authentication and user management.

Billing
Under Billing you manage things like your payment methods, invoices, invoice details and vouchers.

Other
Furthermore, you can use the menu to access our service website status and release notes and switch to the expert panel.

How to Create a Server on gridscale

Click on the “Add Server” field in the dashboard to create a new server.
Then you can configure your server. Here you assign a unique name and use a slider to specify how many CPU cores and RAM the server should have. To make your server publicly available, you can request a new IPv4 and/or IPv6 address under “Connect server to the Internet”.

Create new gridscale Cloud Server

In the next step you can add a storage to the server. It is also possible to create servers without storage and connect them afterwards.

(Click Add Storage to directly attach a storage to your server.)
To directly attach a storage to your server, click Add Storage.
In the configuration, you can define the name and size of the storage. You can also set the speed for your storage. Choose from three SSD storage classes for your personal requirements.

create a Storage gridscale panel

In the last step you can choose from one of the many gridscale templates, so that your server is directly equipped with an operating system at the first start.
Alternatively you can equip the server with 1-Click Apps or your own template. Then enter the SSH key and/or root password and a host name in the selection dialog.

If you want to install the operating system over your own ISO image, first create the server with empty storage.
In the section Insert your own ISO image you will learn how to integrate your own ISO image.

select gridscale Template

Boot Server

Servers can be started and stopped using the power button in the right corner. The safest way to shut down your server is by ACPI shutdown. Right next to it, you can access the VNC console from your server via the >_ icon.

Storage

Here you can find out everything about storage. Just like the servers, the storage can be created separately and then connected at a later time.
The workflow is identical to the one in the upper section, to create a new storage click on “Add Storage” in your dashboard. You can also create the storage with gridscale template, 1-Click apps, your own template or empty. To connect your new storages to your server you can simply drag and drop it to the respective server.

Once your cloud server is up and running, you may need more storage space for your server setup under certain circumstances.

With gridscale you can resize Storage on the fly during operation or by connecting additional storages to your server setup. Currently, it is possible to run a cloud server with up to 8 storages. A newly created storage (without template) behaves like an empty hard disk. Before you can use the SSDs, a file system must be created (and partitions if necessary).

Note: Although it is possible to reduce the size of storages, we do not recommend this. A reduction can lead to data loss!

Adding additional Storage to an Server

To attach an additional storage to your active server, you must first switch to the Expert Panel view via the top right menu. Then click on the server and attach the additional storage via the menu item “Add Additional Storage”.

Boot Device

If you have multiple storages on your server, the disk that was first connected to the server is automatically the boot device. In the detailed view of your server, “Connected Storages” shows you which Storage Boot Device is.

In the Expert Panel View you can use the wrench icon in the detail view of your server to define a different storage as a boot device.

toggle boot device in expert panel

How to delete Server and Storages

Deleting the server and storage is as easy as creating it. To delete a tile, simply drag it onto the recycle bin icon. Server and storage must not be in use.

Deleting the server alone has no effect on your storage or data. Only if you explicitly delete your storage your data will be lost!

Delete Server

Note: For maximum flexibility, IP addresses remain reserved for you even after you delete your server. Please remember to delete your IP addresses in the IP manager if you no longer need them.

How to insert your own ISO-Images

If you haven’t found a suitable operating system among our templates, you can simply insert your own ISO image.

To do this, you must first download the ISO image via URL from the Templates & ISOs menu. Then you create the new server, first with empty storage. Your own ISO image or one of our public ISO images can then be selected in the detail view of the new server, under “Connected ISO Images”.

Connected ISO-Images gridscale panel

Snapshots and Templates

Take a Snapshot

With the snapshot function, you can create an exact image of the state of your storage. Once you have taken a snapshot, you can reset the storage to the state at the time of the snapshot with a click. Note that the current status is lost!

Take Snapshot of a Server

Snapshot planning

In addition, you can use the Snapshot Schedule function to have automatic snapshots taken of your storages. Define the time execution and the interval at which a snapshot should be taken.

Snapshot Scheduler

Convert Snapshot to Template

It can be very handy to convert a snapshot into a template. You can use your own templates to install your servers. With individual server templates created by you, you have the possibility to start completely configured systems within seconds.

S3 Compatible Object Storage

Our Object Storage with S3 compatibility offers you a flexible storage solution for a wide variety of applications. This allows you to export your snapshots to the Object Storage, use it for backup and archiving purposes or as external storage for your tools.

In the Object Storage area in your panel, you can manage your access keys and your object storage buckets.
In this area, you can create new Access Keys, consisting of Key and Secret and Object-Storage-Buckets. You can also manage your buckets directly from the panel, but for larger amounts of data we recommend using an S3 tool. We show you how to set up access for your tools to the Object Storage and which tool you best use for the upload in the gridscale quick guide S3-compatible Object Storage.

Usage

In the usage area you have the full overview of your costs and thus keep control of consumption. Your current and already incurred costs are displayed clearly and systematically. Itemizations are available for all resources used in the usage area. You can also check your account limits and current usage.

IP-Manager

The IP Manager area helps you to manage your IPv4 and IPv6 IP addresses. Divided into IPv4 addresses and IPv6 addresses, you can request, share or delete them. IP addresses in use must be shared before they can be deleted. If you want to assign an existing IP address to a new configuration (server, load balancer), this must also be enabled. Shared IP addresses are available from the drop-down menu for selecting public IP addresses. Good to know! To avoid any further costs for you, IP addresses (IPv4) must be deleted independently of the server.

Netzwerke anlegen und verwalten

The network configuration in the public network is done automatically via DHCP. For more security in your setup, you can also create private networks. Private networks are always completely shielded from other networks. If you want the servers on the private network to have external access, you can set a server as a gateway server. You can easily create a new network by clicking on “New Network” in the dashboard. You can also choose to enable Layer 2 security for your networks, protecting your servers from MAC and ARP spoofing.

Welcome to gridscale We are pleased that you have found your way to gridscale, the most intelligent PaaS & IaaS solution. This How To helps you with your first steps with gridscale. The step-by-step instructions include everything about registration, your first server, storage, templates & ISOs, snapshots, object storage, IP managers, networks and more. If […]

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