Set Up a Rackspace Cloud Server

Rackspace Hosting offers cloud computing/networking services, which includes allowing its customers to set up Linux or Windows servers hosted on the Internet. Using Rackspace cloud servers can add flexibility to your Web development or hosting services because you can easily set up, configure, resize and delete them yourself. You only pay for the time and space you’ve used. For example, if you are a Web developer, you can set up a server for your development work, and when it is completed, you can delete the server and you are billed only for the services you’ve used.

Quick steps to a new Rackspace account and your first Rackspace cloud server!

  1. Set up an account with Rackspace Hosting.
  2. Log into the account.
  3. Select “Hosting,” then “Cloud Servers” from the control panel.
  4. Select “Add Server.”
  5. Select the operating system for your server.
  6. Enter the server configuration information, such as the server name and size. Select “Create Server.” The hosting service will create the server. Remember, just because it is a cloud server does not mean ‘use less memory’, use a reasonable number for what you are trying to do and then add some extra for overhead
  7. Add DNS redirects from the DNS tab, if needed.
  8. Enable backups from the Backups tab. You can choose from daily, weekly or point-in-time backups. Point-in-time backups are useful before upgrading the server’s operating system.

Tips & Warnings

  • An email will be sent to you with the server’s password. Keep this in a safe place.
  • If your server is not working correctly after it’s set up, review the Diagnostics tab but I am guessing you tried to build the server with too little memory for what you are trying to do.

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