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Deploying a server

Deploying a server

Deploying a bare metal server is easy and can be done from the dashboard or API. We take care of the provisioning, operating system installation, and configuration based on the settings you choose, and as soon as the deployment finishes, you can retrieve the access credentials.

To create a new bare metal instance, log in to the dashboard and go to Servers, then click on the Create server. You'll be taken to this page:


Pro-tip takes you straight to the server deployment page.


Creating a server from the dashboard



Options on the Create server page.

  • Operating systems: Some operating systems are not available depending on the server selected. This is due to different architectures not supporting some OS images. Use the /plans/operating_systems endpoint to list all operating systems and their supported features.
  • SSH keys: When you deploy with an SSH key, password authentication is disabled, and the dashboard won't show the password to you after deployment. Learn more about creating and adding your SSH keys here.
  • RAID: The RAID option will be available if the server and operating system you selected support it. To support RAID, the server needs at least two disks of the same type. Use the /plans endpoint to see which servers support RAID. Learn more about RAID here.
  • Quantity: The quantity selector allows you to deploy more than one server simultaneously. You can deploy up to five servers per request.
    • If we don't have enough stock to deploy the number of servers you need, we will deploy up to the maximum amount of servers available and ignore subsequent requests.

Instant deployments

Instant deployments are the fastest way to create servers in

Some operating systems can be deployed in less than 10 seconds. When selecting an operating system on the server creation page, you will see a badge for operating systems that can be deployed instantly.

This feature does not support user data or RAID yet. Adding user data or selecting RAID will make the server go through the standard deploy process, which takes approximately 10 minutes.


Operating system selection in the dashboard.

Access credentials

When a server is deployed or reinstalled, a section on the server overview page is shown with the username and password that was set for your server. Use that along with the public IP address to gain access to your server for the first time.

If you didn't deploy with an SSH key, after logging into your server for the first time, you'll be prompted to change your password.


Server credentials section on the dashboard

Deleting a server


Before you delete a server

  • Deleting a server triggers a full disk erase of its disks in an irreversible manner. Before you delete a server, make sure you are deleting the correct one.
  • It can take up to an hour before the deleted server reflects on your billing summary.

To delete a server, go to the page of server you want to delete on the dashboard and select Delete from the Actions button.

Confirm that you'd like to delete the server by typing the server hostname.


Server actions on the dashboard.