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Windows Azure Pack / COSN - Quick Start and FAQ

This page table of contents:

Creating One or More VPS Servers - Simple Way

  1. Open "Windows Azure Pack / COSN Hosting" NeuPrime Control Panel page.
  2. Create Azure Pack Login, use your Email as new login.
  3. Open the page https://azure.neuprime.com and login there.
  4. Create subscription: "New" (below), "My Account", "Add Subscription". Chose subscription that is adequate for your needs. It can be expanded later. It is free of charge.
  5. Create server with "New" (below), "Standalone Virtual Machine", and "Quick Create", then choose desired options.
  6. Creation will be completed in 10-30 minutes. You can check progress pressing animated sliders.
  7. Your VPS will get public IP address and Internet access. You can use the server!
  8. Need more servers? Go to step 5.

If you are not NeuPrime customer yet, you can sign in here for order or test!.

Creating VPS Servers in Private Network

  1. Open "Windows Azure Pack / COSN Hosting" NeuPrime Control Panel page.
  2. Create Azure Pack Login, use your Email as new login.
  3. Open the page https://azure.neuprime.com and login there.
  4. Create subscription: "New" (below), "My Account", "Add Subscription". Chose subscription that is adequate for your needs. It can be expanded later. It is free of charge.
  5. Create virtual network via "New", "Virtual Network", and "Custom Create".
    1. Specify any name.
    2. Add DNS servers 94.249.192.20 and 8.8.8.8 when asked.
    3. Set "Enable direct internet access using NAT" flag. Leave the rest alone.
    4. After creation wait for a while and check IP Address in network properties. You will need it later.
  6. Create server(s) via "New", "Standalone Virtual Machine", "From Gallery".
    1. Choose "Templates", then some specific template you need.
    2. Set login credentials and other options.
    3. In "Network Adapter 1" field, specify your private network you created on step 5.
  7. Creation will be completed in 10-30 minutes. You can check progress pressing animated sliders.
  8. Your VPS will get Internet access via NAT. You can use the server!
    1. Use "Connect", "Console" to manage the server. Modern Windows OS required for RDP connection (Windows 7 or newer).
    2. Check virtual network settings, "Rules" tab, "Add Rule" (below). You can add a rule to forward TCP or UDP port from public IP (recall step 4) to your virtual server inside private network.
  9. Need more servers? Go to step 5.

If you are not NeuPrime customer yet, you can sign in here for order or test!.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Add another IP Address?

  1. Turn off your server.
  2. Select your server, then "Configure", and "Attach" below. Attach network.
    1. Choose network "GHOSTnet Frankfurt 02" for new public IP.
    2. Choose your private network if you want to connect to it.
  3. If IP address is not working instantly, you may have to reboot your machine twice with 20 minutes interval.

How to Expand Server HDD?

  1. Turn off your server.
  2. Select your server, then "Configure", and "Expand" below.
  3. Choose desired disk size.
    1. Attention: You can ONLY EXPAND your disk.
  4. Boot your server. You should now expand disk using your OS internal method.
    1. If you run Windows server, open Disk Manager and expand the disk with right mouse button click.
    2. If you run Linux, the expansion procedure depends on your installation. Our templates use LVM, so check LVM manuals, start at "vgextend" and "lvextend" tools.
  5. Sometimes it is more convenient to add another disk. If you choose to do so, instead of "Expand", use "Attach" and attach new blank HDD.

How to Install Custom Linux OS from ISO?

  1. Create server with "Generic Linux x64" template.
  2. Wait until the server is ready, and then enter server management screen.
  3. Turn off server, and then go to "Configure", and "Attach" below.
    1. Attach ISO with OS you want to install.
    2. Your ISO missing? Contact us at support@neuprime.com, send link to your ISO. We will add it.
    3. It should be modern 64 bit OS with Hyper-V support.
    4. Re-format disk while installing OS. Default Linux install is only for Azure Pack to know that it is Linux-based OS there.
  4. Turn on server, then "Connect" and "Console", install your OS.
  5. Much like at step 3, turn off the server and detach ISO DVD.
  6. If you just installed Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, RedHat, Suse - install VMM Guest Agent.
    1. It is not required, but will help Azure Pack to manage your server better.
    2. Download http://www.neuprime.com/public/scvmmguestagent.1.0.2.1063.x64.zip
    3. Install it according to manual at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj860429.aspx

How to Use Microsoft SQL Server?

  • You can install SQL Server Express inside your server. It is free SQL Server edition.
    • Your developer takes care of it.
  • You can use regular Hosted Microsoft SQL Server.
    • Choose corresponding option in Hosting Plan wizard.
    • Use "Databases", "Microsoft SQL Server" links in NeuPrime Control Panel.
    • You get one global SQL login and unlimited number of databases.
  • You can install SQL Server Standard Edition inside your VPS.

I Cannot Connect to Virtual Machine Console!

  • Make sure you have modern Windows OS - Windows 7 (or newer) or Server 2008 R2 (or newer).
  • Install latest updates to Remote Desktop Client component.
  • If you have Mac, Linux, or older Windows OS, you will be unable to connect.
    1. However, there is some workaround possible in this situation.
    2. Create VDS from NeuPrime Control Panel. It is free of charge. Create Windows Server 2012 R2 with minimal resources.
    3. Use Azure Portal from this machine - it will be able to open RDP to Virtual Machine Console.
    4. This temporary VPS should be deleted within 5 days.
  • We expect some day modern RDP support will be available in Mac OS.

How do I Expand Subscription Limits?

  1. Please contact NeuPrime support, we will do it for you.

Do You Have Any Other Questions?

Windows Azure Pack is a new service in active development. We are still filling in gaps in our documentation.

Feel free to contact support@neuprime.com.

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