Using the Basic Interface

The Basic Interface is what you see by default when you log in. It allows you to create and remove virtual machines (VMs) and to power them on and off. It also gives you access to your VM’s IP address and console.

There are two main areas in the basic interface.

Cloud Store (VM Deployment)

The Cloud Store (VM Deployment) is where you can create and deploy virtual machines (VMs).

To create and deploy a VM:
  1. Click on Cloud Store.
  2. On the left, you will see a list of operating system (OS) templates.
    pre-installed templates
  3. Click on a template heading to view its description and pricing information.
  4. Select the CPU count and RAM size as needed. (A preview of the monthly charge will appear on the right.)
  5. Click BUY to purchase the virtual machine you have configured. (If you are not yet logged into the cloud service, you will now be prompted for your NSID, password and cloud-issued organizational code.)
  6. A confirmation screen (Confirm Deployment) will appear.
    confirm deployment
  7. Click on Deploy Now to start VM deployment or Cancel if you do not wish to proceed.
  8. If you select Deploy Now, you will see a progress bar showing your VM’s deployment progress.
  9. A pop-up screen will notify you when deployment reaches 100%.
  10. Click OK and you will be redirected to your VM list page (My VMs)
  11. Wait while the VM starts and prepares itself. (Wait times vary: it can take at least 15-45 minutes for the VM to prepare itself and perform operating system updates.)

My VMs (Your VM List Page)

Your VM list page shows you a complete list of all your VMs. It displays basic information about each and lists the functions needed to work with them.

To see and manage your VMs, click the My VMs link at the top of any page.

basic interface 

The components displayed for each VM are (from left to right):

Power On/Off
turns on the VM.
Off gives you the option to shut the VM down in one of two ways:

  1. Hard shutdown (instant off – similar to unplugging a machine)
  2. Guest shutdown (normal power down)

This allows you to view and/or set a new root or administrator password for the VM.
Note: This is also where to find the password assigned to a VM when you log into it for the first time.

This allows you to interact directly with the VM – similar to seeing the screen on a physical computer.
Automatic connection to the VM is enabled by default. If automatic connection does not occur, a pop-up screen allows you to connect manually to the VM’s console screen.

This displays the VM’s randomly assigned DNS hostname.
Note: You can change the name of a VM; see the How-To Documentation on the Learn More tab.  

This displays the VMs CPU count, memory and disk size.

Network Addresses
This displays the VM’s IP and MAC addresses.

To select or change the network your VM is connected to, click Change. Note: VM must be turned off.

Delete This deletes the VM. You will be prompted to confirm the action before the VM is removed.
WARNING: Once confirmation has been received, this action cannot be undone.

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