Setup Linode VPS and Getting Started Guide


Am sure by now you are already a Linode VPS user or customer after reading the review I made here.i would like to show you how you can easily set up your linode server in minutes, unlike Digital ocean were the setup is every easy and less complicated. During my first 30 minutes after joining Linode VPS I was getting familiar with the dashboard.

I will be sharing with you how to setup Linode VPS, this will make it easy for newbies and new comers.

Signing Up

If you haven’t already signed up for a Linode account, do that first. Follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Sign Up webpage and create a new account.
  1. Once you’ve signed in, enter your billing and account information. Most accounts are activated instantly, but some accounts require manual review prior to activation. If your account is not immediately activated, please check your email for additional instructions.
  1. Select a Linode plan and data center, as shown below.

linode control panel

If you have no idea on which data center to choose, try using Linode speed test to find the location that provides the best performance for your target audience. You can also generate MTR reports for each of the data centers to determine which of the facilities provides the best latency from your particular location.

Preparing Your Linode

After you have created your Linode, you’ll need to prepare it for operation. In this section you’ll log in to the Linode Manager and deploy a Linux distribution.

Linode Manager

The Linode Manager is a web-based control panel that allows you to manage your Linode virtual servers and services. Log in by entering the username and password you created during registration. After you’ve created your first Linode, you can use the Linode Manager to boot and shut down your virtual server, access monitoring statistics, update your billing and account information, request support, and perform other administrative tasks.

Deploying an Image

After creating your new Linode, you will be directed to the dashboard, now click on dashboard and then click on Deploy an Image. You’ll be prompted to deploy a Linux distribution, as shown below. This is the operating system that will be installed on your Linode. You can choose from various OS  Arch Linux, Cent OS, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, openSUSE, Slackware, and Ubuntu.

linode distro

Steps on how to deploy a Linux distribution:

  1. Select a Linux distribution from the Image menu. You should choose the distribution that you are most comfortable with. If you’re new to the Linux operating system, consider selecting Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Ubuntu is the most popular distribution among Linode customers and users alike.
  2. Enter a size for the disk in the Deployment Disk Size field. By default, all of the available space is allocated, but you can set a lower size if you plan on cloning a disk or creating different configuration profiles. You can always create, resize, and delete disks later.
  3. Select a size for the swap disk from the Swap Disk menu. Its recommended using the default size.
  4. Enter a root password for your Linode in the Root Password field. The password must be at least 6 characters long and contain characters from two of the following categories: lower case letters, upper case letters, numbers, and punctuation. Don’t forget this credential! You’ll need it to log in to your Linode via SSH and SFTP client.
  5. Click Deploy.

That is all for now, you can always check Linode Forum and Docs for guides.