Creating a Virtual Machine in SoftLayer
  • 31 Mar 2022
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Creating a Virtual Machine in SoftLayer

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To create a virtual server in SoftLayer:

  1. Login to the IBM Cloud console.
  2. In the Navigation Menu select Classic Infrastructure.
    The Classic Infrastructure page is displayed.
  3. In the Navigation Menu select Devices > Manage > Images.
    The Image Templates page is displayed.
  4. Click Actions for the CentOS - CTERA PORTAL Image template that was obtained from CTERA Support and select Order Public Virtual Server.
    The Virtual Server Instance - Custom Image page is displayed.
  5. Specify the following general settings for your virtual server:
    Quantity – The number of virtual servers. Select 1.
    Billing – The payment schedule. Monthly is cheaper than hourly, but part of a month is charged for the whole month.
    Hostname – The name to identify the portal virtual server.
    Domain – The domain to use for the virtual server.
    Location – Where the virtual server will be hosted. Click the down arrow in the location to choose the specific region you want in the location.
  6. Select All Profiles and specify the profile for your virtual server. CTERA recommends using a Balanced profile with the following:
    vCPU – The CPU you want for the virtual server. The minimum is 2 vCPUs. For production CTERA recommends 4 vCPUs. Contact CTERA Support for help sizing your environment.
    RAM – The amount of RAM you want for the virtual server. The minimum is 8 GB. For production CTERA recommends 16GB RAM. Contact CTERA support,, for help sizing your environment.
  7. Optionally, if you want to use an SSH key, either select the key from the SSH Keys (optional) list or click Add key and add a key.
  8. Under Private Security Group, check allow_all.
  9. Under Public Security Group, check allow_all.
  10. Leave the other options with their defaults.
  11. Check the service agreement and click Create.
    The Resources List page is displayed. After a few minutes, when the virtual server is created, the number of devices is incremented by one. Expand the Devices item to display details of the new virtual server.
  12. Click the virtual server name to see details of the virtual server.
  13. Select Passwords to add credentials for the virtual server.
    1. Select the CentOS for Software.
    2. Specify a Username and Password.
    3. Click Add Credentials.
      The password is added at the bottom of the page. You can mouse-over the password to see the value.

You are prompted to change the password the first time you log on to the virtual machine.

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