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Elastic Metal - Quickstart

Reviewed on 24 June 2024Published on 26 May 2021

Scaleway Elastic Metal are dedicated physical servers you can order on-demand, like Instances. These servers are ideal for large workloads, big data, and applications that require increased security and dedicated resources. 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.

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

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 Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS-1 and AMS-2), Paris, France (PAR-1 and PAR-2), and Warsaw, Poland (WAW-2 and WAW-3).

    • 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.
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