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Server Management Panel Overview

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The Server Management Panel is our web-facing interface for you to be able to control and review your Cloud VPS Servers.  Once you have navigated to the Cloud Control Portal, you will be provided a list of your available SSD and HDD Cloud servers.  Each of these servers has a clickable link to open up their respective Server Management Panel, for which all of the information and actions available on the server can be shown.

Hostwinds Cloud Portal Server Info

Accessing Server Management Panel

To access a specific server’s management panel, click on the server’s friendly name link on the main Cloud Control page. In our example above, clicking on “TestServerLink” will open the following page:

An image of the Instance Management Panel overview

The above is an example overview of what the server management panel appears like.  Let’s review each of the sections of information available to view.

Server Management Breakdown

Overview

The Overview page is the default page that you’re directed to when selecting a server’s management page.  We’re going to cover all of the major sections of information on this page for your VPS and what it means.

Server Information

This will display the name of the server (TestServerLink in this server), the server name (obfuscated in this image), and the server resources.  The server resources listed are CPU Cores, Server RAM, Disk Space, Datacenter Location, and Operating System and Software (if applicable).

Status

The status of the server is displayed under the Actions and Shutdown buttons on the far right.  The green dot indicates that the server is Online, with Yellow and Red indicating certain error states.  The most common states for the server are Running, Shutdown, Reinstalling, and Powering-On:

  • Running: This indicates that the server is online and operable.
  • Shutdown: This means the server has been powered down and will not respond to online queries.
  • Reinstalling: The server is recreating itself to install a new, fresh operating system.  This also means all data is lost in the process.
  • Powering-on: Indicates that the server is currently performing the boot up process and will be accessible shortly.
  • Powering-off: The server is currently performing the power down process and will be offline shortly, either due to a reboot, reinstall, or shutdown command.

Main IP

This will display the primary IPv4 and IPv6 of the server that are provided to you upon the purchase and creation of the server.  They are obfuscated in this example, but would read similar to 123.45.67.890 for IPv4 and bc23:d4f5:6g7h::1 for IPv6.

Product

This section displays the product of the server.  In this server we are looking at an SSD Cloud 3 server, which is a Tier 3 server with an SSD hard drive.

Bandwidth

This sections displays the total bandwidth used out of the total bandwidth available for the server during its current billing cycle.  In this case, the server has used 9.87 GB of bandwidth, out of a total 2TB bandwidth for the billing cycle.

Billing Cycle

This displays the current billing cycle selected for the server.  In this instance, the server is billed monthly.

SSH Keys

The SSH keys option allows for quick, easy management of the SSH keys that are on the selected server.  If you would like to know more about creating SSH keys for your VPS servers, we have a guide on SSH Key Management that explains in greater detail how to create and manage your SSH Keys.

SSH Key Location Image

Any changes to SSH keys, whether removing or adding, requires a reboot to process the changes made.

Pressing the SSH Keys button will bring up a box that lets you select the SSH keys to be displayed or removed from the server. SSH Keys with a check next to their name are to be added / are added to the server. You can select as many, or as few keys as you’d like for the server.  Selecting Create Key will add an SSH to Your SSH Keys

SSH KEY Display & Delete Image

Password

The Password section for the server will by default show a series of asterisks indicating an obfuscated password, and two buttons: View Password and Change Password.  Upon clicking on View Password, it will replace the asterisks with the plain text of your server’s password for full review.  By default the password is automatically set to a randomly generated string of characters, numbers, and symbols to be secure upon creation.

You can use the Change Password button to change the password of the server. A popup box will appear that will request you to type your new password twice. You’ll also see a bar that displays the strength of the password you’ve entered.

Showing where to change the password for your instance

Server Management

Next to the server’s state is an Actions button for managing your server.  Upon clicking on Actions, you will get a dropdown of all actions that can be performed on the server:

  • Reinstall: Brings up the option for reinstalling the server and provides you with a list of template options to select from
  • Reboot: Performs a soft reboot of the server, a graceful shutdown and restart of the server.  The server will attempt a soft reboot first and, in the case that a soft reboot does not succeed, will attempt a power cycling hard reboot.
  • Boot: Brings the server back online from a shutdown state.  This option is only visible if the server is in a shutdown state.
  • Repair Server: This button will attempt to repair the server in the case of any error states that may arise.  If it is successful, the server will continue operating as normal.  The status of the server after performing the Repair Server will indicate whether it is successful (shows Running) or unsuccessful (shows Error).
  • Rescue Mode: This will reboot the server into rescue mode, where the disk of the server is attached as a secondary drive so that you can access it indirectly.  This will require the mounting of a new disk drive to the server to operate.
  • Get VNC: Brings up a new window (ensure pop-ups are allowed on this page) to allow for a VNC window of the server.  This allows accessing the server directly without RDP or SSH connections if needed.
  • Get Serial Console: This will provide a new window (ensure pop-ups are allowed on this page) creating a websocket to connect to your server via serial console, as well as the command for any Linux distribution to launch a console direct into the server.
  • snapshot: Allows you to take a snapshot of the server in its present state.  This can be used to create a backup of the server at any time.

Reinstall

When selecting the Reinstall action, a new window will be opened (make sure pop-ups are allowed on this page).  This new window will provide you with all of the operating system choices available from Hostwinds for your VPS under the Operating Systems tab and includes several different versions of cPanel, CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian and Windows.

reinstall operating system cloud vps

There are also a number of available pre-built applications such as WordPress, LAMP Stack, Joomla!, Minecraft, CPVLab, CentOS Web Panel (CWP), LEMP Stack, VirtualMin, Webmin, Plesk, Vesta Control Panel, Magento, OwnCloud, OpenVPN, ISPManager, MEAN Stack, PrestaShop, Visual Composer, Drupal, and many more to come so that you can choose to install on your server directly from the Applications tab.

reinstall application cloud vps

You can also choose to use a snapshot template, based upon one of the snapshots of a server you’ve created, which will create the server based on the snapshot.

You’ll be able to set the password for the server when it’s reinstalled. You can also select which, if any, SSH keys will be applied to the server upon reinstallation.

This guide on Managing Your Servers will walk you through using the other sections found in the top navigation menu: 

  • Firewall
  • Volumes
  • Console Log
  • Upgrade/Downgrade VM
  • Action Log
  • Manage IPs