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Cloud VPS from Hostwinds gives you full control over the server settings and configurations without worrying other users on the same server. If you are looking for a way to get started with our Cloud VPS, this guide will help jumpstart you in the right direction.
After you purchase your VPS from Hostwinds, it should only take a few minutes at most before it is created and ready for you to use. When the Cloud VPS is created successfully, you will be sent an email containing the login credentials and some additional details about your VPS.
If you purchased a Linux VPS, the primary method of connecting to these is via SSH. This allows you to interact with the server through the Command-Line directly. Or, if you have a control panel installed, you can interact with the server in that method. Additionally, it is simple to reinstall an application from the Cloud Portal once your server is ready for use so that you have something that best suits your specific needs, and there are many options to choose from.
If you plan to create many servers, we suggest configuring your server and creating a snapshot so that you may create multiple servers from a snapshot backup once this has been made available for use as a template.
Should you purchase a Windows VPS, these are more user-friendly and are connected primarily through Remote Desktop Connection (RDP). There are not many control panels available for Windows. However, the GUI included with the server once you are connect using RDP makes up for this.
With all of our VPS plans, you will have full root (if using Linux) or full administrator (if using Windows Server) control over the server. This means you have the ability to run executables or applications (provided the server and resources allow). Once connected, you can start right away.
In addition to being in complete control over the server, you will have access to our Cloud Portal interface. This interface will allow you to interact with the server in ways that you wouldn't be able to connect directly to the server.
You can restart the server at will, modify the Cloud Firewall settings, and install an Operating System from a custom ISO.
Written by Hostwinds Team / June 5, 2021