Welcome to UpCloud! This post will bring you up to speed on the basics and get your trial started. 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 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, which gives you a quick overview with customisable widgets. You can try 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 from the available options to your dashboard if you find an interesting one.
This is where you manage your servers, SSH keys, and initialization scripts. To get right into the action, take look at the article How to Deploy a Server. You can also read 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 1GB / 1CPU / 30GB 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.
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, we have a guide for Managing Disks to get you up to speed.
During a trial, some of these features are locked as you are limited to 30GB of disk space.
This section contains information about your server’s IP addresses. Each server can have 0-5 public IP addresses and a private IP address. The private IP addresses are only accessible by servers within the same UpCloud account, this way your UpCloud servers from a secure private network. Note that the server’s IP addresses are managed in the Server settings, see Managing Servers and Managing Network Settings for more details.
This area is where your account information such as your contact details, account balance and API users are displayed. You can read more about billing and how to upgrade your account at the article Add 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 our quick start guide about How to Deploy a Server to start deploying into the cloud.