Servers Quickstart

This article helps you to get your feet wet with SpinUp Cloud Servers and should take less than five minutes to complete. When you’re done, you should have a basic Cloud Server online and ready for you to deploy services or resources.


You need to have already created a SpinUp account. If you haven’t created one yet, you can register for an account via our sign-up page.

Resource actions

This article shows you how to create a basic Cloud Server from a Base Image. You should configure any host services or content for the Cloud Server after it has been created.

Create a Cloud Servers resource

  1. Login to your SpinUp account.

  2. On the left navigation bar, click on Cloud Servers.

  3. Click on +CREATE at the top of the page.

  4. Enter the name of the Cloud Server and select the appropriate region.

  5. Select an appropriate image for your Cloud Server. The listed images correspond to different operating systems (OS), and your choice depends on how you plan to utilize the Cloud Server.

  6. Next, select the Cloud Server type. This is the overall size of the Cloud Server and depends on your operational requirements.

  7. Optionally, you can select recommended features. These include weekly snapshots and whether to add Block Storage.

    The following links provide additional information concerning these two features:

  8. Review the information listed in the Summary panel.

  9. After you have determined that the information is correct, click on SPINUP CLOUD SERVER.

  10. In the Cloud Server details and status displays, during the building process, the status will show building.

    Password Information

    Ensure you save the password information that's displayed. After you leave this page, that information is no longer available. If you do leave without saving it, you must reset the password using the **RESET PASSWORD** option to gain access to your Cloud Server.


    This password is setup for Linux® root login or Windows® Administrator login, depending on the OS you have chosen. Windows enforces secure password requirements.

  11. After the Cloud Server has been built, the Status changes to green, and will show as active.

Connect to a Cloud Servers resource

You are now ready to connect to your Cloud Server. If you’re using a Mac or Linux local machine, you can use SSH to connect to your Linux server.

Use a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client to connect to your Windows Cloud Server - Mac users will typically use Microsoft Remote Desktop, and Linux users will use an open source client such as Remmina.

If your local machine is running Microsoft® Windows, use PuTTY to connect to your Linux server and use Microsoft Remote Desktop to connect to your Windows Cloud Server.

Additional actions you can take with your Cloud Server

You can perform all of the following actions from the Cloud Server Details page.

  • RESET PASSWORD: Use this to reset the root (Linux) or Administrator (Windows) password. See the notes in Password Information section listed previously in this article.

  • Reboot the Cloud Server: Use this to perform a soft reboot of your Cloud Server.

  • Resize the Cloud Server: Use this to resize your Cloud Server by clicking the Resize button.


    You can only resize your Cloud Server to a larger size.

  • Enter rescue mode: If your Cloud Server has become non-operational, use this to place your Cloud Server in rescue mode. Here is more detailed information on how to work with Cloud Servers rescue mode.

  • Open the Cloud Server console: Use this to connect to your Cloud Server by using a console. This enables a terminal emulator window to open and display your Cloud Server’s console, which can be extremely helpful in determining the state of your Cloud Server. Here’s some additional information about using the console.

  • Delete this Cloud Server: Use this to delete your Cloud Server when it is no longer needed. To confirm, click Delete again.


After you delete your Cloud Server, all information that is associated and located on that Cloud Server is destroyed with no possibility of recovering it. If you need to keep any information from that Cloud Server, you should create a snapshot, which remains after the deletion of the Cloud Server. You could also create a Block Storage volume, copy the important information to the volume, and retain that volume for later reference.

Create Server Snapshot

Block Storage Quickstart

Next steps

Now that you have a Cloud Server, Best Practices will help you get the knowledge you need to ensure your server is as optimized and secure as possible.

If you need to know how to perform a specific task, a list of those tasks is maintained in our How-To Articles section.

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