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Server Management Sections Explained

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This guide will show what you can do in each of the Server Management Panel sections (found in the top navigation menu).  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:

Cloud Portal Button

For more information on how to locate this area, and select the server you wish to configure, please review Cloud Control Overview.

Firewall Profile

Firewall Profile Location Image

Here you can view the present firewall profile that is active for the selected server and by default all traffic is allowed.

You can change the firewall profile that is applied to the server by pressing the Change button, and then selecting a different firewall profile.

Showing the current Firewall Profile for an instance in the instance management panel

For more information about Cloud Firewalls, please review Firewalls Management


Volume Location Empty Image

No Present Volumes

If a volume is not presently created, you’ll need to select Storage from the options at the top.  Choose Volumes from the available drop-down.

Storage Add Volume Location Image

Choosing Volumes will take you to the Volumes panel, where you can create/edit/manage available volumes.

Showing where to add and mange volumes in instance management panel

Upon creating the volume, the new volume is seen below the “Your Volumes” section:

Showing where to find a list of current volumes in instance management panel

Now that this has been done, you can return to the server’s volume selection to manage your server’s volume.

Volumes Present

If your volume is present, it will display on the Volumes server panel.

Showing the Volume management area in Hostwinds Cloud Servers

You can then select Actions, and Attach Server.

Showing how to attach a Volume to your Hostwinds Cloud Server

For more information about Volumes, please review Volume Management


Use the ISO option to attach another ISO to your current server by selecting the ISOs category.

ISOs location Image

A list of available ISOs, and their respectful size will appear.  Select Attach ISO with the desired choice.  A Pop-up window will display and click Confirm to proceed.

Attach ISO Image

The ISO will attach to your server by adding an additional volume and will present itself momentarily on the same page once attached.

Attached ISO Example Image

Once attached, you will have the option of detaching/deleting the attachment at anytime by selection the Actions drop-down and choose Detach ISO

Detach ISO Location Image

For more information about ISO’s, please review How To Attach ISO To Already Created Instance

Upgrade/Downgrade VM

Upgrade Downgrade VM Location Image

Here you can upgrade your server to a template backed tier.

Showing where you choose what to upgrade or downgrade your VM to

In the example above, the server is using 512 MB RAM, 1 CPU Core, 50 GB Disk Space and 1 TB Transfer, so all of the resource options will be presented for you to choose from. You’ll also be able to select your billing cycle for the server when upgrading. You can choose from a pre-paid backed plan or an hourly plan.

Showing billing frequency choice when upgrading or downgrading your VM

Upon selection of the upgrade and billing cycle, you’ll press Upgrade Server. From there, the server will be required to reboot to perform the upgrade process.

When you upgrade a server, the disk space will be upgraded only AFTER you select the option to have the disk upgraded as well.  This will require brief downtime.   The reason for this? If you find the upgrade wasn’t actually needed, you’ll still be able to downgrade back to what the previous plan was vs not being able to, as disk space cannot be decreased with KVM servers.

As mentioned above, servers that Apply Disk Upgrade was fully processed cannot be downgraded because current sized storage will not fit on smaller storage options, and is not an available feature among Hostwinds servers.  The only alternative to this would be purchasing a newer (smaller) server and requesting a migration.  Once the migration is confirmed completed, you would choose to cancel your older server.

The above button is what will be displayed when a server can have the disk space increased. When pressed, a popup box will display, providing you with a warning that this cannot be undone.

For more information on how to upgrade your server, please review How to Upgrade your Server Instance


Servers Logs Location Image

The Logs display the logs of all management actions that have taken place since the creation of the server. These are logs of management actions, such as rebooting, shutting down, reinstalling the server.

Showing an example of an action log for an instance

Logs Maintenance

You also have the option of checking any logs that ran for maintenance by selecting the Logs drop-down and choosing Maintenance

Logs Maintenance Location Image

Manage IPs

Manage IP's Location Image

The Manage IPs panel displays the assigned IPs for the server, including IPv4, and IPv6. The tab also displays the server’s assigned IPv6 /64 subnet pool.

VPS Assigned IP's

Here you can assign additional IPv6 IPs from the /64 by pressing the Add v6 IP Address button.

Upon pressing the button, a new IPv6 IP will be assigned, and you’ll receive the confirmation message seen below.

Showing the message box for successfully adding an IPv6 to your instance

You can also manage your rDNS records from the Manage IPs tab by pressing the Update rDNS button next to the IP they you’d like to set the rDNS for.

Showing where you can manage rDNS in the instance management panel

For more information about managing additional IP’s, please review IP Management

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