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Elastic Metal - Quickstart

Reviewed on 31 July 2023Published on 26 May 2021

Scaleway Elastic Metal are dedicated physical servers that you can order on-demand, like Instances. You can install an OS or other image on your Elastic Metal server and connect to it via SSH to use it as you require. You can power off the server when you are not using or, delete it from your account once you have finished with it. Elastic Metal servers are ideal for large workloads, big data, and applications that require increased security and dedicated resources.

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

How to create an Elastic Metal server

  1. Click Elastic Metal in the Bare Metal section of the side menu. The Elastic Metal creation page displays.

  2. Click Create Elastic Metal server to launch the creation wizard.

  3. Complete the following steps in the wizard:

    • Choose an Availability Zone, which is the geographical region where your Elastic Metal server will be deployed.

      Currently, Elastic Metal servers are available in Paris, France (fr-par-1 and fr-par-2) and Amsterdam, Netherlands (nl-ams-1).

    • Select a server from the hourly-billed or monthly-billed ranges.
    • Choose an image to run on your server. This can be an OS of your choice, or you can order the server without a preinstalled image.
    • Enter a name and, optionally, tags, to identify your server.
    • Choose whether to enable the Private Networks feature.
    • Add your SSH key (necessary only if you are installing an image on your server).
    • Verify the estimated cost of your server, based on the specifications you chose.
  4. Click Create Elastic Metal server to order the server.

    You can follow the delivery progress from the list of Elastic Metal servers.

How to install an Elastic Metal server


This action is useful if you created your server without a preinstalled operating system. You can proceed with the installation once the Elastic Metal server is in a Ready state.

  1. Click Elastic Metal in the Bare Metal section of the side menu.
  2. Choose the Elastic Metal server you want to install from the list.
  3. Click Install to launch the OS 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 an SSH key, it will appear in the list of keys.

  6. Check the corresponding boxes to grant access to the server.
  7. Click Install server.

How to power off an Elastic Metal server


Before powering off an Elastic Metal server, first you should power off its operating system by connecting to the server and executing the halt command.

  1. Click Elastic Metal in the Bare Metal section of the side menu.
  2. Click «See more Icon» next to the server you want to power off.
  3. Click Power off in the drop-down menu.
  4. Click Power off Elastic Metal server.