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How to install an Elastic Metal server from the Scaleway console

Reviewed on 22 January 2024Published on 26 May 2021

Scaleway Elastic Metal allows you to order dedicated servers on-demand, like cloud Instances. Elastic Metal servers can be used for large workloads, big data and applications that require increased security and dedicated resources.

If you ordered your server without a preinstalled operating system, you can proceed with the installation of an OS once the Elastic Metal server has been delivered to your account.

Before you start

To complete the actions presented below, you must have:

  • A Scaleway account logged into the console
  • Owner status or IAM permissions allowing you to perform actions in the intended Organization
  • An SSH key
  • An Elastic Metal server

This procedure is not necessary if you preinstalled an OS on your Elastic Metal server during its creation.

  1. Click Elastic Metal in the Bare Metal section of the Scaleway console side menu. The Elastic Metal dashboard displays.
  2. Click Install next to the server you want to install. The server installation wizard displays.
  3. Choose the operating system that you want to install on the machine.

    Elastic Metal servers are installed with a default partition layout. If you require a custom partitioning, you can manually reinstall your server using remote access.

  4. Add your SSH key. If you have already uploaded a key, it displays in the list of keys. Choose the keys to grant access to the server by ticking or unticking the corresponding checkbox.
  5. Click Install server to launch the installation of the server.

    The installation of the OS can take up to one hour. You will be able to access the machine once it is fully installed.

To see more details about your server, click its name in the Elastic Metal servers list. You see detailed information about the machine, including its IP address, labels, and description.

See also
How to create a serverHow to connect to your server
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