Guide to Creating and Managing Server in Linode (New Interface) – Part 1

Linode is one of the world’s leading Cloud Server providers with good quality, fast support and enthusiasm.

In addition, Linode supports users with a number of convenient features for Cloud Server management such as NodeBalancers, Longview monitoring system, Clone, Backup VPS periodically…

Some highlights:

Datacenter:

Available in 8 major cities around the world with 9 datacenters.

Plan:

Linode offers a variety of packages at a variety of prices and configurations, tailored to the individual needs of the customer. Server in Linode uses KVM virtualization technology with SSD, divided into two main groups:

  • Standard Instances: The universal server serves general needs, balances resources between RAM, CPU and storage. Prices range from $5/month ($0.0075/hour) for 1GB of RAM to $640/month ($0.96/hour) for 80GB of RAM.
  • High Memory Instances: server optimized for special tasks requiring a lot of RAM, such as database, caching, rendering and data processing. You will have more RAM to use, starting with 16GB up to a maximum of 200GB. Rates range from $60/month ($0.09/hour) to $960/month ($1.44/hour).

Payment:

Linode accepts payment by Visa, Master Card, American, Discover and Paypal. Note that the registration required you to use the card to verify the account, then you can transfer money to PayPal and use freely.

Cloud servers, if used for one full month, will charge monthly, otherwise will be charged per hour. Deductions in your account and monthly invoice issuance on the 1st month for the previous month.

In addition, if your account balance is not sufficient, Linode will automatically deduct a charge (based on the cost of the server at that time) from your payment method to ensure that the server is running smoothly. If you do not use the server anymore then you have to delete so that Linode does not charge you.

NodeBalancers:

Linode’s NodeBalancers help load balancing across multiple servers being initialized on the same datacenter, especially useful when traffic is too large. At that time, NodeBalancers help to distribute traffic evenly, improve overall operational productivity as well as minimize overloading and downtime. This feature is activated for $20/month or $0.03/hour.

LongView system monitoring:

Linode provides users with a tool that monitors the VPS LongView system – which is professional but free. You can monitor the status of CPU, RAM, Swap, Load, Network … details to each service and in real time.

The LongView Free package monitors up to 10 servers, saves up to 12 hours and 5 minutes to run the report once. You should immediately install your system to take advantage of this great tool.

So, you have to understand somewhat about the characteristics of Linode. Now we proceed to create account and set up server on Linode.

Visit Linode here.

1. Sign up for an account at Linode

Registering an account in Linode is easy. You should consult the Linode Coupon beforehand to take advantage of promotions for new accounts.

Go to the Linode home page and enter the required information, then Create Account, or you can click the Sign Up link in the top menu.

Note: Password must contain at least 2 of 4 character types: uppercase, lowercase, number and special characters.

At that time, Linode will send you an email asking for confirmation. Open mail, you click on Confirm my email and create my account to go to the administrator account Linode. Here, you click OK! Let’s complete my signup.

Next, enter the relevant personal information and click Add Credit to complete the registration.

Important note:

  • Promotion Code: refer to Linode Coupon for new registered accounts
  • Referral Code: you enter 44ff97069345bb744f03c60537c012864a2e3230
  • Preload Amount: preload (select $5/20/50) into account to use VPS later

Thus, you have successfully created an account, ready to use and experience professional services in Linode.

2. Create a server in Linode

I will guide you through Linode’s new Cloud Server Administration interface, which is currently in the BETA phase but will be officially in use in the next few months. Cloud Server Management Link: https://cloud.linode.com

On the management page, you click Add a Linode to create a new server. This page layout includes the following sections:

Source – Select OS

Click the corresponding icon to select the operating system you want to install for the server. Linode supports popular Linux distributions such as Ubuntu 16.10, LTS 16.04, LTS 14.04 and CentOS 6.8, 7. There are also Debian 7, 8; Fedora 24, 25; Arch 2017.04.01; OpenSUSE Leap42.2; Gentoo 2017-01-05 and Slackware 14.2.

Region – Select Datacenter

Select the datacenter whose location is closest to the customer you are targeting.

Plan

You choose the Plan package that suits your needs. Usually, it’s a good idea to start with 1GB of RAM and 20GB of storage. When more resources can be actively upgraded easily with just a few clicks, the data remains secure.

Finally, enter the server name and password for the “root” account and click the Add Linode button.

You will immediately be taken to the server administration page.

Note: This server is still in Offline status, not Boot so if you visit the IP will report error.

Next, I will guide you use the cloud server management interface in Linode, including:

  • Dashboard: The general admin interface of the server.
  • Networking: Network settings, including IP Transfer and IP Sharing.
  • Rebuild: Reinstall server, all old data will be deleted. You just re-select the operating system and set the “root” account password.
  • Resize: Convert Plan, including upgrade or downgrade Plan.
  • Rescue: Restarts the server to the Rescue Mode with Finnix Media. You can reset the admin password in this tab.
  • Backups: Set up automatic backups (prices depend on server plan, minimum $2/month).
  • Settings: Additional settings on the server such as automatic alerts when the index exceeds the threshold, resize the hard drive, Swap.

On the Settings tab there is a Swap capacity adjustment, the default cloud server in Linode is only 512MB, so low should be raised. Remember to read the instructions in the next post!

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