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How to reinstall an Elastic Metal server

Reviewed on 17 July 2023Published on 26 May 2021

An Elastic Metal server can be reinstalled at any time from the Scaleway console. This can be useful when you want to run a different image on the machine or if you want to have a fresh installation.

Security & Identity (IAM):

You may need certain IAM permissions to carry out some actions described on this page. This means:

  • you are the Owner of the Scaleway Organization in which the actions will be carried out, or
  • you are an IAM user of the Organization, with a policy granting you the necessary permission sets

Be careful when using this feature. Reinstalling your server erases the disk and all data on the disk will be lost. Make sure to have a backup before reinstalling your server.

  1. Click Elastic Metal in the Bare Metal section of the Scaleway console side menu. The Elastic Metal dashboard displays.
  2. Click «See more Icon» next to the server you want to reinstall. A drop-down menu displays.
  3. Click Reinstall in the menu to enter the installation wizard.
  4. Choose the operating system that you want to install on the machine.
  5. 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.
  6. Click Reinstall server to launch the installation. It will take about 10 minutes to complete.
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