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Start a first cloud server within 3 minutes

Walk-through document on creating your first cloud server.


Public Cloud allows you to easily and quickly create virtual servers (instances) at any time in just a few clicks. This guide will walk you through the creation of an instance.


Creating the instance

Adding the server

Click the button Add in the top left corner


Choose Add a server


Choosing the features of the server

Click the model to display a new menu.

Select for instance the SP-30-SSD model.


You can then choose the instance type:

  • The VPS-SSD range provides instances at a reduced price for limited requirements
  • The HG range is based on CPU performance and provides instances with many high-frequency cores
  • The SP range is based on RAM performance-and provides instances with optimized memory
  • The EG range provides a balance of CPU/RAM, a good choice for general-purpose usage

Choosing the operating system

Click on the distribution to display a new menu which will allow you to choose from a variety of the most popular operating systems such as Linux and Windows based systems provided by OVH, or even your own pre-saved snapshots.

For example: Select Ubuntu 16.04


Choosing the region for the datacenter

Click the model to display a new menu.

Select Strasbourg for instance.


OVH adds regions to its cloud offer on a regular basis.

Selecting the SSH key to be used

Click the menu entry whose icon depicts a key.


Then select the key of your choice.


When creating a Windows instance, the configuration of an SSH key is not required.

Naming and starting the instance

(1) Name the instance by clicking on the pencil icon. (2) Choose between hourly or monthly billing.


When creating an instance with monthly billing, you agree to pay for the service until the end of the current month. Be careful, this is an automatic renewal at the beginning of the next month.

Then (3) Click Launch now

The new instance will be available in minutes (the time required for transferring the system image and starting the operating system). This process usually takes less than 2 minutes.

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