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How to reinstall an Elastic Metal server

Reviewed on 22 January 2024Published 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.

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 installed

Reinstalling your server permanently erases the disk and all its data. 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.
See also
How to reboot a serverHow to shut down a server
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