Brightbox Manager is a browser-based graphical user interface for managing Brightbox Cloud resources.
This guide will take you through building and accessing your first cloud server.
Once you’ve logged into Brightbox Manager you’re presented with the dashboard which gives an overview of your account.
When a new server is built, it will attempt to install your SSH key on boot so you can log into it. If you didn’t specify a public SSH key when you first signed up for Brightbox Cloud then you’ll need to set one now.
Cloud Servers in the sidebar on the left to view the server manager. This is a new account so there aren’t any servers yet.
New Cloud Server to show the dialog box for configuring a new server.
Choose a suitable name for your first server and select whichever server type you’d like. Here I’ve increased it to a
Mini which gives us 1GB RAM. The costs of each different server type are available on the pricing page.
Then switch to the
Image tab to choose which server image to use; basically you’re choosing which operating system to install. I’ve selected an official 64bit Ubuntu 14.04 image here:
Create and your new server will begin building. This usually takes about 30 seconds and the status will update automatically when it’s ready, so no need to refresh the page impatiently :)
As you can see here, we’ve built one new server and it’s been given the identifier
At this point your server is active and if you have an IPv6 internet connection or tunnel, you can connect directly to it with SSH using the IPv6 DNS name. Our official Ubuntu images are pre-installed with a user named
ubuntu. You can use
sudo to get
$ ssh -l ubuntu ipv6.srv-dmw0k.gb1.brightbox.com The authenticity of host 'ipv6.srv-dmw0k.gb1.brightbox.com (2a02:1348:178:42e9:24:19ff:fee1:ba6)' can't be established. ECDSA key fingerprint is f4:a0:2f:61:91:6e:4b:d0:3e:95:c4:ea:75:73:8e:85. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes Warning: Permanently added 'ipv6.srv-dmw0k.gb1.brightbox.com,2a02:1348:178:42e9:24:19ff:fee1:ba6' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts. Welcome to Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.13.0-44-generic x86_64) ubuntu@srv-dmw0k:~$ uptime 18:06:26 up 0 min, 1 user, load average: 0.35, 0.09, 0.03
To give your server a public IPv4 address, you need to map a Cloud IP to it. Cloud IPs are public IP addresses that belong to your account and can be moved between cloud servers (and some other resource types too such as load balancers).
In the server list find the
Cloud IPs column and click
Add + which brings up the
Map Cloud IP dialog box. Select
Create & map new Cloud IP from the drop down box and click
This will create a new Cloud IP for your account and map it onto your new server. The
Cloud IPs column will now show a
1, to show that 1 cloud ip is mapped to this server. You can hover over it with your mouse to get the details.
In this case we’ve been allocated the IP
18.104.22.168 with the identifier
Your server is now accessible by the new Cloud IP, so you can ssh into it:
$ ssh -l ubuntu 22.214.171.124 The authenticity of host '126.96.36.199 (188.8.131.52)' can't be established. ECDSA key fingerprint is f4:a0:2f:61:91:6e:4b:d0:3e:95:c4:ea:75:73:8e:85. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes Warning: Permanently added '184.108.40.206' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts. Welcome to Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.13.0-44-generic x86_64) Last login: Fri Jan 30 18:06:24 2015 from 2001:470:1f0a:321:4c15:67a2:da3c:67b9 ubuntu@srv-dmw0k:~$
For convenience there is a DNS record that points to the first Cloud IP mapped to a server, in this case
$ host public.srv-dmw0k.gb1.brightbox.com public.srv-dmw0k.gb1.brightbox.com has address 220.127.116.11
Here you used Brightbox Manager to create an Ubuntu server and then mapped a Cloud IP to it.
Or perhaps you’d prefer to use our command line interface to manage your Brightbox Cloud resources?
Last updated: 19 Nov 2018 at 17:39 UTC