Accessing the Cloud Control Panel in Your Client Area
You can access the Cloud Control Panel from your client area while logged into your Hostwinds account. Simply navigate to Cloud Control in the navigation panel as seen below and click the Cloud Portal option:
This will allow you to view and manage current instances, as well as create new instances. You can click on any one of your instances to be taken to the instance management panel for that instance. Use the Instance Management Panel guide to see what you can do there.
To the left of the location dropdown menu, you may search for an instance you’ve created for that location. Searching works by hostname, friendly name and IPv4/IPv6 address.
Instances by default are named with a unique naming schema based on your product and client information. However, we understand that this may make it difficult to go through and locate your instances. As such, you can create Friendly Names for your instances if you’d like. This can be done in the instance management page itself or from the home page of Cloud Control.
To do so, select the edit button next to the name of the instance you wish to modify.
An example of a named server can be seen here:
The hostname for the instance cannot be changed from what it is set to in Cloud Control. You can, however, change the servers actual hostname through the instance itself. The hostname saved in Cloud Control is directly tied to the instance’s IPv4 IP and is utilized in instance management and general actions through the Cloud Control panel.
With the list of instances for each location, you’re able to select the checkbox to the left of the instance description to perform bulk actions on 1 or more instances at a time.
Bulk actions that can be applied, are:
Brings the instance back online from a shutdown state.
A soft reboot will perform a graceful shutdown of the instance and is generally the preferred method to avoid data corruption.
When you press the soft reboot button, you’ll be prompted with a confirmation that you do indeed wish to perform a soft reboot of the instance. Pressing Confirm will allow you to proceed and pressing Cancel will cancel the request.
A shutdown will perform a graceful shutdown of the instance. The instance will not come back online automatically until it is powered on/booted back up.
When you press the shutdown button, you’ll be prompted with a confirmation that you do indeed wish to perform a shutdown of the instance. Pressing Confirm will allow you to proceed and pressing Cancel will cancel the request.
Mass applies a firewall profile created by the client on the selected instances.
If you need more help, the guides below will walk you through using the other sections found in the top navigation menu:
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