Feature Series / 17/02/2017

How to Install a Custom ISO on Your Cloud Server: Video Tutorial

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If you have any special requirements or some custom pre-built ISO templates, you might consider using our Custom Template functionality, which allows you to upload and install your own ISO templates. Let’s take a look at how easily that is done!

Heficed Custom ISO feature allows our customers to install any type of Unix, Linux, or Windows OS installation depending on their needs.

Before we dive into the tutorial, there are two things you require to deploy custom ISO:

  • An active Cloud Hosting server with an already existing operating system. If you have just ordered a brand new server, make sure to use any of our default Templates to complete the installation. After that, you will be able to begin the installation process with your custom ISO file.
  • Enough resources for your operating system to work properly. For instance, if you would like to use Windows Server 2016 operating system, your server must have the following specifications: 1 CPU Core, 4 GB of RAM, and 60 GB storage. In case you encounter any issues while installing your custom ISO, chances are that your server is lacking resources.

Once you have everything covered, you’re ready to watch the short tutorial. In only a couple of minutes, you’ll learn how to upload a custom ISO file to your server:

The process only includes 6 easy steps:

STEP 1. Choose your server by navigating to Terminal ->Cloud Servers -> Virtual Machines.
STEP 2. Proceed to the Templates option and scroll down to the bottom and press ‘Upload ISO‘.
STEP 3. To successfully download an ISO file, it has to be reachable via HTTP protocol. Once you have the file address, paste it into the ‘ISO URL‘ field, and don’t forget to name the template. Once you click ‘Upload ISO‘, your file will start downloading. Please keep in mind that this might take some time, depending on where the file is hosted.
STEP 4. Once the download is complete, click on three dots near your newly created template and if you have a bootable ISO file, choose ‘Install0′, if not – ‘Attach’.
STEP 5. Proceed to finish the installation of your server through ‘Virtual Console‘ at the top of the page.
STEP 6. When server installation is complete, make sure to exit the remote console, detach your ISO file, and reboot the server.

Simple, isn’t it? If you have more questions or just want to know more about the feature, read the Custom ISO FAQ.

Good luck deploying custom ISOs on your Cloud Server!

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