The 23 steps to get Server 2008 R2 up and running on the HP public cloud
Your local computer is Win XP or Win 7,
You have gone to https://www.hpcloud.com/ with your credit card and signed up for an account,
You’re familiar with using RDP to remote into another computer. Really, practice it a few times on a couple of networked local machines,
You have created a new empty text document in Notepad with word wrap unchecked.
1. Login to https://console.hpclould.com/login
2. You should be at the Dashboard (https://console.hpcloud.com/dashboard), click on Manage Servers
3. Click on Key Pairs
4. Click on Add Key Pair
5. Make up a key name. It can be short and easy to remember, it doesn’t affect key strength. Leave Public Key blank.
6. Click Create Key. It will look like this:
7. Copy the key into your new text document. A couple lines below that, type “login Administrator pw”
8. Click on Security Groups, then Add Group. Make up a name and description.
9. Start editing it (by clicking Add Rule) until it looks like this:
IP Protocol From Port To Port Type CIDR IPS Group
tcp 22 22 IPs 0.0.0.0/0
tcp 80 80 IPs 0.0.0.0/0
tcp 443 443 IPs 0.0.0.0/0
tcp 3389 3389 IPs 0.0.0.0/0
(you’ll have to imagine a world where those columns line up under the column headings)
and Save Changes (you have to save changes each time you do a row). This says that only ssh (command line), http, https and rdp can get in and out of the computer (don’t worry, you can change it later).
10. Click on Servers. Your flavor is going to be standard.xsmall (aka the cheapest)
11. Check Install Image windows box and select 2008 R2 from the menu. (R2 is Win 7 and the other two are Vista. You don’t want Vista.)
12. Click on Create and in about a minute your instance will become active.
13. Click on Connect, then paste in your private key from notepad and get the Administrator password. If it doesn’t work, the first usual reason is that you inserted hidden line feeds or returns into your private key when you saved it. The second usual reason is that it just needs a couple more minutes to finish booting. (Update: I was getting unable to retrieve password errors after pasting in the private key until the server had been alive 4 minutes, then it worked)
14. When you get your password, copy it into your text document in the place you prepared for it after ‘pw’.
15. On the Desktop, Click on the Start Button (or is it the ‘Orb’?) and type in mstsc and hit return. (it stands for microsoft terminal services client).
16. When Remote Desktop Connection Starts, type in the public IP Address, (15.185.something.something) (HP is so old they were giving out IP’s by hand, on stone tablet, back in the day so it will always be start with a 15)
17. Under the Experience tab, select a fast speed like 10MBPS even if your connection isn’t (in XP). This is an important step. Win 7 will be set to automatic, which is fine.
17. Put Administrator for username, paste in the password, check ‘Allow me to save credentials’. Click Save As, make up a name and save it to your desktop.
18. Click on Connect. Yes, you do trust this remote connection.
19. You’re in! You’ll be looking at the desktop and the Initial Configuration Tasks screen. Windows may say it’s not activated, but in a couple minutes it will activate by itself.
20. Now you can do all the normal new install tasks. I recommend creating a 2nd administrator, installing updates, installing microsoft security essentials (free) and making friends with server manager.
21. Internet Explorer will be useless until you disable enhanced security configuration (server mgr > Configure IE ESC) but you need it to download a better browser
22. Don’t forget to copy the rdp.shortcut and the text document to a safe place. You will not be able recover the private key if you lose it (ask me how I know).
23. Do not create an image, terminate the instance, then expect to restore it from the image (ask me how I know).