Getting Started with Scaleway Elements Bare Metal Servers

Bare Metal Servers Overview

Scaleway Elements Bare Metal allows you to order dedicated servers on-demand, like cloud instances (Bare Metal as a Service, BMaaS). Bare Metal servers can be used for large workloads, big data and applications that require increased security and dedicated resources.

Requirements

Operation Procedures

Several operations can be performed on Bare Metal servers from the management console, these include:

Creating a Bare Metal Server

In the Compute section of the side menu, click Bare Metal. If you do not have a Bare Metal already created, the product presentation is displayed.

1 . Click Create a Bare Metal. The creation page displays.

2 . Choose a zone in which your Bare Metal will be deployed geographically.

3 . Choose the commercial type of the server you want to deploy.

4 . Enter a name for the server and optionally a description and tags to organize your Bare Metals.

5 . Click on Create a Bare Metal to order it.

6 . Your server will be delivered to your account. You can follow the delivery progress from the list of Bare Metals.

Important: Delivery of your Bare Metal server may take some minutes. You will be able to launch the installation of the machine once it has been fully delivered to your account.

Installing a Bare Metal Server

Once the Bare Metal server has been delivered to your account, you can proceed with the installation of the machine.

1 . In the list of your Bare Metal servers, choose the one you want to configure.

2 . Click on Configure to launch the configuration wizard:

3 . Choose the operating system that you want to install on the machine.

4 . Add your SSH key. If you have already uploaded a key, it will appear in the list of keys. Choose the keys to grant access to the server by ticking or unticking the corresponding checkbox.

5 . Click on Install server to launch the installation of the server.

Important: The installation of a server takes about 10 minutes. You will be able to access the machine once it is fully installed.

6 . To see more details about your server, click on its name in the Bare Metals list. You will see detailed information about the machine, including its IP address, labels, description.

Reinstalling a Bare Metal Server

A Bare Metal server can be reinstalled at any time from the management 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.

Important: 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 . In the Bare Metals list, click on next to the server to see the available options.

2 . Click on Reinstall to enter the installation wizard.

3 . Choose the operating system that you want to install on the machine.

4 . Add your SSH key. If you have already uploaded a key, it will appear in the list of keys. Choose the keys to grant access to the server by ticking or unticking the corresponding checkbox.

5 . Click Reinstall server to launch the installation. It will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Rebooting a Bare Metal Server

In case your Bare Metal server is no longer reachable from the Internet, you can reboot it from the management console.

1 . In the Bare Metal servers list, click on next to the server to see the available options.

2 . Click on Reboot in the drop-down menu.

3 . Confirm that you have shutdown the operating system and click on Reboot this Bare Metal to reboot it.

Important: Rebooting your server may corrupt your data if there are unwritten files. Your software will not be stopped before the server is being rebooted and you should use this feature only when your server is not reachable over the Internet.

Shutting off a Bare Metal Server

A Bare Metal can be shut off. This powers off the physical server.

1 . In the Bare Metals list, click on next to the server to see the available options.

2 . Click on Power off in the drop-down menu.

3 . Confirm that you have shutdown the operating system and click on Power off this Bare Metal to power it off.

Important: Make sure to stop your operating system by executing the halt command, before shutting off the server. Otherwise you risk to damage the file system cause data loss.

Viewing the Event Logs of a Bare Metal Server

1 . In the Bare Metals list, click on the name of the server whose logs you want to see.

2 . On the server details page, click on the Logs tab.

3 . A list of operations executed on your Bare Metal is shown. These logs includes tasks like start / stop / reinstallation of the server.

Troubleshooting a Bare Metal Server

In case your Bare Metal server does not work as expected, you can use a KVM-over-IP access to connect to your server even in case it is no longer reachable over the Internet.

1 . In the Bare Metal servers list, click on the name of the server whose logs you want to see.

2 . On the server details page, click on the Remote Access tab.

3 . Agree to the terms related to this service and click on Manage connection

4 . Enter the IP address of your local computer and click Create remote access

5 . Your credentials are being created and you will be redirected to the Remote Access tab.

6 . The KVM is reachable from the address shown at Connection IP. Click on it to access the KVM device.

7 . Log into the KVM device with the credentials shown if the management console.

8 . Once you have finished your intervention, disable remote access from your management console for security reasons. Click Delete to dispose the credentials.

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