Welcome to UpCloud! This post will bring you up to speed on the basics and get you started on your trial. During your free trial period, you have the option to test our service with no commitment for 72 hours after activating your account. To upgrade your account for full access, see our guide about adding balance to your account for more details.
Begin by logging into your UpCloud control panel at my.upcloud.com. Let’s go through the main views and see what you can do in them – we will link to more specific articles on each main view so you can jump into a specific topic if you feel like it.
When logging in, the first view you will see is the Dashboard that gives you a quick overview of your resources with customizable widgets. Press the Customise Dashboard View button at the bottom if you want to tinker with your dashboard view. Drag the widgets around to rearrange the dashboard, remove those you do not need, or add new widgets that you find useful.
This is where you manage your servers, SSH keys, and initialization scripts. To get right into the action, take look at our guide about how to deploy a server. You can also read about managing servers to get an idea what else you can do with your servers.
During a trial, the deployable servers are limited to 1 instance at the time with 1CPU / 1GB / 25GB MaxIOPS. At the end of your 72-hour trial, any server you have deployed will be automatically removed when your trial expires. To continue using your server past the initial period, upgrade your account for full access by adding balance to your account.
At the Disks view, you can manage your storage, create templates out of existing disks, delete disks, and manage backups or templates. For more information, check out our guide about managing disks to help with many disk operations.
During the trial, some of these features are locked as you are limited to 25GB of disk space.
This section contains information about your server’s IP addresses. Each server can have 0-5 public IP addresses and one private IP address. The private IP addresses are only accessible to servers within the same UpCloud account. This way your UpCloud servers form a secure private network.
By clicking the pencil icon, you can edit the reverse DNS name straight from the list. Note that other server IP addresses settings are managed in the Server settings. See our guides about managing servers and managing network settings for more details.
In this area, you can find your account information such as contact details, account balance, and security settings. You can read more about billing and how to upgrade your account by adding balance to your account.
In the Support section you can also find your personal PIN code and instructions on how to contact support should you have any questions. The PIN is used to verify you have access to the account and should be included in your support requests.
That is all!
Infrastructure as a service does not get easier than this. Continue to the follow-up guide on how to deploy a server to start testing the world’s fastest cloud!