Server Management


Server Management


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...
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The following table shows the Cloud Orchestration templates that are available through the Cloud Control Panel. After you are logged in to the Cloud Control Panel, click Orchestration to get started.
Note: If you have created...
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Benefits
Setup Options
Booting from an existing volume
Volume preparation
Control Panel volume boot
API volume boot options


You can now boot Performance 1 and Performance 2 servers from a network attached Cloud...
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Sometimes, an email alert isn't enough. If you are on call, on the go, or far from Wi-Fi, mobile alerts are a necessity. For the most critical problems, you can set up notifications from multiple form factors, combining SMS with...
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Note: This article presents the steps to use if you will be using the API for your OnMetal Cloud Server. For the parallel steps to use in the Cloud Control Panel, see Using OnMetal Cloud Servers.
OnMetal allows you to boot bare...
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This video shows you how to use the RackConnect interface to create a hybrid hosting solution by connecting your dedicated servers with the Cloud through MyRackspace. 
 
We'll show you how to create a new account or link to an...
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You can set the server time zone for a Cloud Databases instance so that it is persistent by using the configuration groups feature of Cloud Databases. You can use either the Cloud Databases API or the trove command line tool to...
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Following is an illustration of capitalization changes. I would also remove the quotation marks from cloud, and italicize the first use of host servers and cloud (use italics to emphasize a word on first use rather than quotation...
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Rackspace is known for our Fanatical Support. It’s common to contact us when something breaks, but there are other reasons to contact your Fantical Support team. This article explains some of those reasons.  
Getting ready for a...
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No. Even if you add the autoscale-group-id metadata to the server, the Auto Scale back end service will not know the server belongs in the group. Auto Scale manages only servers created by Auto Scale.
 
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Auto Scale currently does not track what happens to servers outside of the Auto Scale system. If a server is deleted outside of the system, Auto Scale will continue to treat the server as if it still exists. If you then try to...
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You can remove a server from an Auto Scale group and keep it on your Cloud account for observation.  Auto Scale will automatically replace it with a new server.
Newly created servers have different IP addresses unless they are...
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You can use the Cloud Images service to import custom virtual machine disk images into the Rackspace open cloud.  In order for your images to be bootable as servers in the Rackspace cloud, however, they must be properly prepared...
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You can use the Cloud Images service to import custom virtual machine disk images into the Rackspace open cloud.  In order for your images to be bootable as servers in the Rackspace cloud, however, they must be properly prepared...
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You can use the Cloud Images service to import custom virtual machine disk images into the Rackspace open cloud. For such images to boot correctly, they must be prepared according to the following requirements and instructions....
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Developing a powerful application or a beautifully designed web interface is only part of the job when mission critical availabiilty is necessary for your business. Following are some best practices that the support team at...
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Startups must do more with less. When success means staying within a tight budget, these best practices will help you get more out of your cloud investment.
Scaling with Traffic
One of the best ways to save money while...
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When speed matters, use the following best practices to help you put the cloud into overdrive. Remember, the cloud is what you make it, so make it fast. 
Performance Cloud Servers
When you're designing for speed, using...
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What Happens to Old Images?
In order to provide the best experience possible for our customers we carefully maintain the list of images displayed when building a new cloud server. This means that from time to time older versions...
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The data disks attached to some flavors of Performance Cloud Servers are unformatted when created. Before you can use them to hold data on Windows, they have to be prepared by formatting them and assigning each a drive letter...
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The data disks attached to some flavors of Performance Cloud Servers are unformatted when created. Before you can use them to hold data on Linux, they have to be prepared by formatting them, determining their mount points, and...
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Rackspace Cloud Servers has introduced a new architecture for Linux and Microsoft Windows servers called Performance Cloud Servers. This article describes some of the major features and benefits that this new offering provides:...
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An image takes a snapshot of the system configuration of your server so that you can create new servers with the same setup. You can use images to scale horizontally by creating duplicate servers behind a load balancer or scale...
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In the architecture of Performance Cloud Servers, you may change the size of your data storage space in one of two ways:
Increase Available Storage with Cloud Block Storage
Change the Resource Allocation of Your Server (RAM,...
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The following information will direct you in setting up all your traffic sourced from your cloud environment across the VPN tunnel to the remote VPN encryption domain to appear as:
1.1.1.1 for the locally source DMZ traffic
2.2.2...
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The following information will direct you in setting up your traffic sourced from 2 of your cloud servers to appear as the public IP of your cloud servers across the VPN tunnel only (Policy Nat).
Cloud Server 1 Cloud Networks IP...
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If you want to add Rackspace Cloud to your dedicated hosting environment, you can create a new cloud server from the MyRackspace® Portal.


Log in to the MyRackspace Portal.
From the Products menu, select Rackspace Cloud....
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Now that you are familiar with the Control Panel and know how to get Fanatical Support through all of our available channels, let's introduce you to an alternative method to using the Cloud Control Panel. The Rackspace mobile...
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When you use the Cloud Control Panel to create a Cloud Server that uses Linux, two disk partition options are available: Manual and Automatic. Unless you know for certain that you will need to partition your server's main or...
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As our cloud infrastructure continues to grow, Rackspace is implementing two new blocks of IPv4 addresses in our ServiceNet network.  With this new expansion, we will be able to add over 1,000,000 new IP addresses to support...
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This article will explain some limitations in using the Rackspace control panel to perform actions on the Vyatta Network appliance. Currently, configuration of the Vyatta Network appliance via the control panel is not supported...
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Introduction
In order to access Rackspace services from your cloud servers, you traditionally need the servers to be connected to ServiceNet and/or Public interfaces. It is possible to detach your servers from either of these...
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No enterprise is an island. Though many enterprises are reluctant to go cloud, for most, cloud can deliver equal or better performance, uptime, and agility more efficiently. Security, compliance, and control issues are the...
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CUSTOMER'S BUSINESS: Ecommerce deals website
CHALLENGES: Affordable hosting solution to handle databases and variable traffic
RACKSPACE SOLUTION: Ecommerce hosting solutions
BUSINESS OUTCOME: Reliable, cost-effective hosting...
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CUSTOMER'S BUSINESS: IT sourcing partner for commercial real estate advisory firm
CHALLENGES: Developing an on-site/off-shore network to deliver more automation to brokers and reduce costsRACKSPACE SOLUTION: Dedicated...
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Description
This article will walk you through setting up the Active Directory Role on a Windows Server 2012. This article is intended to be used for those without an existing Active Directory Forest, it will not cover...
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This video shows exactly where to click within your Rackspace control panel to change the server root/admin password.
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Introduction
Using a Vyatta Appliance, you can establish a secure site-to-site VPN connection connection between your cloud infrastructure at any Rackspace site and your data center or existing IT infrastructure location.
This...
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You can configure a Vyatta Appliance to act as a remote access VPN gateway so that clients can securely connect to their infrastructure in the Rackspace cloud. 
Introduction
This article shows how to configure the Vyatta...
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RackConnect Auto NAT is a new feature available to RackConnect 2.0 customers that have Automation Features enabled.  It provides the ability to allocate a set of pre-routed dedicated public IP addresses for use with new...
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Using a Vyatta Appliance you can allow servers on your Private (isolated) Cloud Network to access software updates and patches. This article explains how to configure a Source Network Address Translation (NAT) rule on the Vyatta...
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NOTE: Cloud Networks is production ready but will be available to customers in a phased release. Therefore, it might not be visible when you log into the New Cloud Control Panel. To request access to Cloud Networks now, click ...
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Please see the following article: Shutting Down and Restarting a Cloud Server
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The Features section of our product page has information regarding the Linux distributions and Windows operating systems that we have available.
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Yes. With Performance Cloud Servers, you can change the size of your data storage space in one of two ways:
Increase Available Storage with Cloud Block Storage. For more information on Cloud Block Storage, see Create and Attach a...
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The number of customers on a Cloud Server host machine depends on the size of the customers’ Cloud Servers, and the type of operating system.
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Note: Performance Cloud Servers have specific virtual CPU allocations, as detailed on the Cloud Servers pricing page.  The following information on CPU scheduling applies only to next-generation standard (non-Performance) Cloud...
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The amount of time a resize takes varies by the size of the server and the time of day you are performing the resize. If you have a brand-new server with no additional data or software installed, then you might be looking at 10...
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While the native storage allocation for a Cloud Server is based on the Cloud Server flavor that you select, you can also add extra storage at any time with our Cloud Block Storage service.
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Yes. Our Control Panel has a DNS menu for maintaining domain records for your Cloud Servers. Read this article for detailed information on using the Rackspace Cloud DNS Control Panel.
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You can setup reverse DNS from your control panel. This article will show you how:DNS - Creating a Reverse DNS Record.
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The amount of network throughput varies based on the Cloud Server flavor.  For more details, see here.
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Yes. Each server comes with an internal IP address that is used to communicate between servers. The traffic that flows over this interface (eth1) on your server is unmetered and is not billed. This network is also referred to as...
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Yes.  For more informaton on the IP request proess, see Requesting Additional IPv4 Addresses for First and Next Generation Cloud Servers.
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As a Cloud Servers customer, you have access to create both on-demand images and scheduled images of your cloud server. All Cloud Server images will be stored in your Cloud Files account. This enables you to keep these images...
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Yes it is! An article on how to install VNC and X-Windows is located here: VNC Install. Keep in mind that this will use up a large amount of bandwidth and will require that you have at least 512MB of RAM on your server.
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Yes, we have The Rackspace Cloud Control Panel which is a web-based management interface for restarting your Cloud Server, starting support discussions, viewing stats, and scheduling snapshots. However, we do not offer a control...
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Yes, via an Ajax web terminal accessible through the Control Panel, under the section 'Actions for this Server'. Note: Console access is via a secure HTTP connection which is different connection from the traditional way to...
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Yes. All Cloud Servers can perform both soft (reset button) and hard (power cycle) reboots. These are performed instantly and handled via the Cloud Server Control Panel.
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Yes. You will be billed for the resources that are used on the host while your server is in the Active status. When your server is created, you are given a dedicated amount of RAM and hard drive space. As long as your server...
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Python-novaclient is a command-line client for controlling OpenStack instances.  Since the next generation of Cloud Servers is based on OpenStack, python-novaclient will work with Cloud Servers as well. The client provides a bit...
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Remote management
The Cloud Control Panel isn't the only way to manage Cloud Servers. If you're running a script or program you can use the Cloud Servers API, but that involves a modicum of coding effort.
If you want to manage...
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In this article we'll discuss remotely managing a Rackspace Cloud Server using the python-novaclient package running on Windows.

Remote management

The Cloud Control Panel isn't the only way to manage Cloud Servers. If you're...
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This article discusses several of the commands that can be run against Cloud Servers using python-novaclient.
Nova Client Operations
Now that you’ve installed the nova client on a Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X machine, it’s time to...
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Use the following steps to set up a Cloud Server through the Cloud Control Panel interface.
Log in to the Cloud Control Panel. The Cloud Servers List opens by default.
Click the Create Server button.
In the Identity section enter...
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One of the most common questions when someone starts to using SharePoint is how to add users. SharePoint does not provide a way to authenticate or control the password accounts. SharePoint depends on Active Directory (AD) (or...
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Rackspace has data centers located across the globe to better serve you, grouped into regions according to their locations. Regions are referred to by three-letter symbols based on nearby cities, like DFW for Dallas/Fort Worth...
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Scaling and High Availability

Rackspace Cloud Servers has introduced a new architecture for Linux and Microsoft Windows servers called Performance Cloud Servers. This article describes some of the major features and benefits that this new offering provides:...
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Load Balancing

Rackspace Cloud Servers has introduced a new architecture for Linux and Microsoft Windows servers called Performance Cloud Servers. This article describes some of the major features and benefits that this new offering provides:...
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Resizing

Rackspace Cloud Servers has introduced a new architecture for Linux and Microsoft Windows servers called Performance Cloud Servers. This article describes some of the major features and benefits that this new offering provides:...
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Backups

Rackspace Cloud Servers has introduced a new architecture for Linux and Microsoft Windows servers called Performance Cloud Servers. This article describes some of the major features and benefits that this new offering provides:...
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Server Images

Rackspace Cloud Servers has introduced a new architecture for Linux and Microsoft Windows servers called Performance Cloud Servers. This article describes some of the major features and benefits that this new offering provides:...
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Migrations

Rackspace Cloud Servers has introduced a new architecture for Linux and Microsoft Windows servers called Performance Cloud Servers. This article describes some of the major features and benefits that this new offering provides:...
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Performance

Rackspace Cloud Servers has introduced a new architecture for Linux and Microsoft Windows servers called Performance Cloud Servers. This article describes some of the major features and benefits that this new offering provides:...
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API

Rackspace Cloud Servers has introduced a new architecture for Linux and Microsoft Windows servers called Performance Cloud Servers. This article describes some of the major features and benefits that this new offering provides:...
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