Creating a new Windows Server on UpCloud will require you to perform a quick setup after the initial deployment before you can log in to it using Remote Desktop Connection. Here is a quick run through on how to get this done.

Setup with web the console

Once the server has been created, you’ll first need to set it up using the web console found in your UpCloud Control Panel. Open your Server Settings by clicking your server’s description, move to the console tab, and click Open the console connection -button.

Web Console

If the server had just been created, file system checks might still be running when you open the console, but soon after you will be greeted by localisation settings.

Windows Settings

Use the Tab -key on your keyboard to move between the setup fields and arrow keys or alphabets to find the right selection. You can press space bar to expand the currently highlighted list.

Choose the ones that best suit you and your server’s intended usage. Country and region should be the one where your server will be used in, not necessarily the physical location of the service area. The keyboard layout option should be selected according to your own physical keyboard for the best usability later on.

Once you’ve made the selections, use the Tab -key to highlight the Next button and press space bar or Enter key to confirm the settings.

Changing to Remote Desktop Connection

When the setup is done, you will land on the Windows login screen. From here on out you can close the web Console and use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection instead. If you didn’t choose to send the password to you by SMS or email, you can still find it from the Server listing view of UpCloud Control Panel by clicking the triangle next to your server’s name.

Server overview

RDC is built-in in most versions of Windows, just search for it in your start menu. Windows XP users can download the client from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=856

A version of RDC is also available for Mac OS X at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=18140

For Linux, we recommend rdesktop http://www.rdesktop.org/

Windows IPv6 Compatibility

If you wish to use IPv6 connectivity and have created an IPv6 address for the server, you must disable IPv6 address randomization. While logged in with RDC, open the command prompt or Power Shell and execute the following commands:

netsh interface ipv6 set global randomizeidentifiers=disabled store=active 
netsh interface ipv6 set global randomizeidentifiers=disabled store=persistent 
netsh interface ipv6 set privacy state=disabled store=active 
netsh interface ipv6 set privacy state=disabled store=persistent