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Create an instance in your OVHcloud customer account

This guide will show you how to create an instance in your Public Cloud account.

Last updated 2018/09/21


The Public Cloud lets you create instances (i.e. virtual servers) quickly and easily, in just a few clicks.

This guide will show you how to create an instance in your Public Cloud account.



Add an instance

First, log in to the OVHcloud Control Panel and click on the Public Cloud menu.

cloud menu

Next, select your cloud project under the menu options list on the left-hand side of the page.

servers list

Next, click the Create an instance button.

add an instance

Configure the instance

After clicking the Create an instance button, the configuration settings will appear as shown below.

configure an instance

These settings allow you to configure:

  • the datacentre and region where the instance will be hosted
  • the server's operating system
  • the server model
  • an SSH key for security (not needed for Windows servers)
  • several advanced options

Please note that for Windows servers, authentication is password based, so SSH keys are not used at all.

When you have configured the options you want, decide whether you want the instance to be billed hourly or monthly.

Finally, click the Launch now button to create the instance.

configure an instance

Your instance will now be created. It may take a few minutes to finalise.

The newly-created instance will now be visible in your account.


If you delete a instance that is billed monthly before the end of the month, no credit is given. It is best advised to delete the instance the day before the first day of the next month.

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