Virtual server

  1. Virtual service desctiption

  2. Ordering VDS

  3. Server management

  4. Backups

  5. Server list

  6. Web console for Linux

  7. Web console for Windows

  8. Root password reset

  9. SSH-keys

  10. VDS Support

Virtual service desctiption

VDS (Virtual Dedicated Server) is a data hosting service that allows you to get full access (root access) to a virtual server and its settings. You can flexibly scale the parameters (processor, memory, disk) of the server, gradually adding the necessary capacity when the load grows, and reducing them when the load decreases. The cost of the server will increase or decrease accordingly.

To provide you with a quality service, we use modern equipment, fast NVMe drives and powerful processors:

Intel i9-9900KF 5 GHz Intel Xeon Gold 6230R 2.8 GHz AMD EPYC 7502 3.3 GHz

Ordering VDS

You can order the VDS service on our website in virtual server section: https://hostman.com/cloud_server/.

You can manually configure the server according to your needs. In each case, you can choose the required operating system and additional software.

You can always increase the tariff or its parameters in the control panel.

  1. Press "Create virtual server". You will see the configuration menu.

  2. Choose the operating system version you need or choose from the marketplace.

  3. Choose server parametes and server location.

  4. You can add add-ons if you need: back-ups and private network

  5. Server information will be generated automatically. You can change it if needed.

  6. Click "Order" - you'll be asked to enter your card details. This is needed to prevent service from scammers. Don't worry, you'll be able to get a refund any time if you decide to stop the server.

  7. Server credentials will be sent to your email.

Server management

First of all, you need to decide how you want to manage the server: using the console or the control panel.

Using the console: For Linux systems, the traditional way to manage is the console. You connect to the server via the SSH protocol and then send the necessary commands to the server, thus performing all the necessary actions with the server: installing software, managing files and directories, any necessary settings, etc.

If your computer is running MacOS or Linux, the necessary utility - the terminal - is already built into the operating system. The built-in SSH client is also available in new versions of Windows (starting with Windows 10 1809) - you can connect via SSH using Windows Powershell. If you are using an earlier version of Windows, then you will need a special program, such as PuTTY, to connect via SSH.

Using the control panel: If you do not have administration skills, the easiest way to work with the server is using special panels - for example, Cpannel.

In this case, all management will be carried out through a clear and intuitive interface, which can be understood even without having the skills to work with VDS servers.

If you are planning to host a site using the Wordpress CMS, we recommend using our instructions to easily run Wordpress on the server.

Backups

To save your data, you can use the backup tools in the Hostman panel (section "Backups") or the functionality of the control panel installed on the server.

Backups created in the Hostman panel allow you to take a snapshot, that is, a snapshot of the disk, and thereby fix its state at the time the copy was created. After that, you can restore the data partially or completely.

However, keep in mind that in the event of a serious hardware failure or if the server is deleted, it will be impossible to restore data, so it makes sense to create deleted copies. This can be done using control panels by setting up uploading backups to third-party storages.

You can manage backups on the Backups tab: create and delete backups, restore data from them, and manage automatic backups.

Server list

"Cloud servers" section displays a complete list of created VDS with their names, comments, configuration, used disk space and server IP address. enter image description here When you hover over the desired server, quick actions will become available: enter image description here

Web console for Linux

You can manage a virtual server in various ways.

For Linux (UNIX) systems, the traditional control method is the console. You can enter commands to be executed on the server and immediately see the result of the execution. This is how all Linux distributions, FreeBSD and many others, work. Tools for working with the SSH protocol (SSH clients) exist for each operating system and are often already built into it.

RDP access is most often used to Windows servers admins. In this case, you have full graphical access to the server and can perform all the same actions that you perform on a regular computer with Windows installed. The program for working with RDP, as a rule, is also built into the operating system, but sometimes it needs to be installed separately.

All of these traditional types of server access require an internet connection to the server. If, for some reason, access to the Internet on the VDS is terminated or restricted, you will not be able to use these access protocols.

Server management using the web console is practically no different from similar management via SSH or RDP. But there are some features:

  • some distributions expose a black and white color scheme for such a connection, which can cause inconvenience, for example, when working in the Midnight commander file manager;

  • the speed of displaying the graphical interface will be somewhat lower than through a special RDP program. Using the web console to work with graphical systems is recommended only in certain cases, for example, in emergency situations.

For the convenience of the VDS user, this console is displayed directly through the control panel - it is located on the Console tab.

enter image description here Additional options are available to you in the right part of the window:

  • Paste from buffer. By clicking on the button, a window will open where you can enter or copy a command for the console, since the console itself does not support the ability to paste.
  • Full screen mode. The console will be expanded to full screen.

Web console for Windows

Using the web console, you can go to the graphical interface to work with the server.

To enter the system, click on the interface screen and enter the administrator password that came to your mail after the server was created.

If for some reason you are unable to enter a password using your keyboard, you can do the following:

  • Paste from clipboard.
  • Use the on-screen keyboard.

Root password reset

If the root user password is lost, you can change it using the control panel.

To do this, choose the server you need, click on three dots and choose "Change root password". enter image description here Confirm the action and a new password will be sent to your email.

SSH-keys

You can use SSH keys to securely connect to servers. You can save them in the control panel in the SSH keys section to use when creating new servers.

Adding a key You can add a key to the control panel both when creating a server, and at any time through the SSH keys section.

If the key is added when creating the server, it will be automatically added to the list of SSH keys and you can use it for new servers.

To add a key via the "SSH keys" section, copy it into the form and specify a convenient name. If you want to make it default key so that it will be automatically added when new servers are created, check this setting. Click Add. enter image description here The key will be displayed below in the list of SSH keys and will be available for selection when creating a new server and reinstalling the OS.

Default key To have a certain key suggested when creating all new servers, check the box "Automatically add to new servers". This can be done when adding a new key to the panel or in the settings of an existing one.

VDS Support

If you have any questions, you can contact us through the chat or mail us to info@hostman.com.

We provide free advanced support for VDS 24/7 and will always be happy to help you with the server.