How to setup Linux Virtual Private Server (VPS)

So having only recently been introduced to Linux and especially Ubuntu, the more that I play with this Opperating system the better I understand why Linux is in many ways soo much more advanced and better than windows.

However by speaking to various colleagues and at various .NET meetups that I attend I find that Linux has a number of stigmas about it…. usually because the windows user does not like the terminal! Much prefer the use of GUI's and nice visual interaction, and have been trying in their use of windows to stay away from the command line (CMD).

A huge number of open source code is written for linux machines and building / compiling on Linux I have found to be a simpler process than building on windows. So I have set my own VPS (Virtual Private Server) up and will go through some of the steps to get you a linux box that you can have a play with and soon you will understand the power behind this operating system for yourself.

Getting a VPS

There are many many hosting companies out there, all with different price ranges and packages etc, however for ease of use I have gone with rackspace as I already have an account set up with them.

There are other cheaper alternatives, I was recommended these as well:

For this example I am going to talk you through creating a cloud server so make sure you sign up for the correct account package.

Once you have an account with a VPS provider you will need to login to that account and access your control panel.

The Rackspace Control Panel

So once you have an account with Rackspace you will be able to login through the link like this

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After a successful login you will be taken to the cloud control panel. Here you have all the tools you need to create new servers, create backup images of the server, organize your DNS, Databases and files, Loadbalance the servers and many more other advanced features.

Create a New Server

To start off with lets create a new Linux Ubuntu server.

Click on the “Servers” navigation tab in top left hand corner of screen, and then also the “Cloud Servers” sub navigation category as shown below


Now click the “Create Server” button and you will be taken to the following screen:


Here you have various options like which Operating System (OS) you want the server to be running (Windows, Linux etc) and all the different flavours of each that they offer (so Ubuntu, debian etc)


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