Quick set up with Rackspace Cloud Orchestration

Rackspace Cloud Orchestration helps you set up projects and servers with just a few clicks instead of lengthy installations. You can usually be up and running in less than five minutes, depending on the template that you choose and other factors. Cloud Orchestration provides templates for a LAMP stack to get your web server up and running quickly, a Minecraft server, and a WordPress blog, just to name a few. For the complete list of options, see Available Templates for Cloud Orchestration.

Create a Stack

  1. Log in to the Cloud Control Panel.
  2. Under the Servers tab, click Orchestration.
    The Stacks page lists any existing stacks.
  3. Click Create Stack.

    Tip:You can also click Create Stack from the Cloud Servers page where you would create a new server.
  4. Enter a name for your stack. You can call it whatever you want. We recommend using something that is meaningful to you.
  5. Select the region for your stack. The region is the datacenter location where you want your infrastructure to be located.
  6. Select a template and version to launch.
    To get information about a template, click the application name and flavor, and read the description. The template versions enable you to choose from different types of templates, ranging from single to multiple server, and to choose different types of database options.
  7. Click Next Step.
  8. On the next page, specify any additional information that is required.
  9. To get a pricing quote, click Calculate Price in the right-hand pane.
    There is no charge for using the Orchestration feature in the portal. Charges are only for the infrastructure that you use.
  10. Click Create Stack.

View stack details

The Deployment Details page shows you the status and progress of your build. All cloud infrastructure is shown in the Infrastructure section.

After the stack goes into the Up status, the build has completed. At that time, you can click View # Credentials to get any sensitive information such as keys or passwords generated with the stack.

The bottom of the Stack Details page displays additional information about the application or framework that has been installed. You can use this information to build in additional capabilities into your installed application.

After the stack build has completed, you can start using your newly installed application or framework. You can also start to manage your stack and the individual infrastructure in their respective locations in the control panel.

Delete a stack

  1. Log in to the Cloud Control Panel
  2. Under the Servers tab, click Orchestration.
    The Stacks page lists your existing stacks.
  3. Click the gear icon to the left of the stack that you want to delete, and click Delete Stack.
    Note: You can view all servers, load balancers, and databases that are part of your stack in their respective sections of the control panel. If you choose to delete an infrastructure component (such as a server, load balancer, or database) that is part of a stack, that stack is likely to become unstable. Exercise caution when deleting infrastructure components. When you decide to delete an entire stack, we recommend performing the stack deletion from the Orchestration section of the control panel instead of deleting each infrastructure component individually.

Scale a stack up or down

For more advanced users, the Custom Template section allows you to modify and existing template or submit a custom template to create your own custom stack.

No matter which route you choose, you can click Next Step and then Create Stack to create the stack.

  1. Click Orchestration.
  2. Click Create Stack and then click Custom Template tab.
    Note: You can modify an existing Rackspace template to suit your needs.
  3. Click Try copying and editing a Rackspace Template.
  4. Choose the template you want to modify and click Customize Template. The template text is dropped into the text editor where you can modify. 
    Note: Alternatively, you can link to a template via URL.
  5. (Optional) If you prefer, you can past a template into the text box or upload a file.

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