A virtual server is a server that does not physically exist, but instead is a computer system simulation. Virtual servers are created by using virtualization software to divide a physical server into multiple virtual servers. This allows businesses to save money by using a single physical server to run multiple virtual servers.
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If you need to reinstall your virtual server, you can do so by using the virtualization software that was used to create the server. This will allow you to create a new virtual server with the same or different specifications as your old server. You will need to have the virtualization software and a copy of the operating system that you want to install on the new server
There are two prerequisites that must be met before you can reinstall a virtual server:
- You must have root access to the server.
- The server must be running a supported operating system.
If you do not have root access to the server, you will need to contact your hosting provider to have them perform the reinstall for you.
The supported operating systems for virtual servers are:
- CentOS 6
- CentOS 7
- Ubuntu 16.04
- Ubuntu 18.04
If your server is running an unsupported operating system, you will need to migrate your data to a new server running a supported operating system before you can proceed with the reinstall.
Shutting down the virtual server
If you need to shut down your virtual server for any reason, you can do so by following the steps below. Please note that this will completely shut down your server and all services running on it, so be sure to save any work in progress before proceeding.
- Log in to your virtual server via SSH.
- Run the command ‘sudo shutdown now’.
- Your server will now begin the shutdown process. Once it has completed, your server will be turned off and you will not be able to access it until you power it back on.
Deleting the virtual server files
If you need to delete your virtual server files for any reason, you can do so by following these simple steps. Note that this will delete all files associated with your virtual server, so make sure you have backups of any important data before proceeding.
- Login to your account control panel.
- Navigate to the “Manage” page for your virtual server.
- On the “Manage” page, scroll down to the “Actions” section and click on the “Delete Server” button.
- A popup window will appear asking you to confirm that you want to delete the server. Click on the “Delete Server” button to confirm.
Your virtual server will now be deleted, along with all associated files.
Creating a new virtual server
A virtual server is a server that does not physically exist, but is instead created through software. virtual servers can be created on a physical server, which is then referred to as a “host,” or they can be created on a virtualization platform, which is a software system that allows for the creation of virtual servers.
Creating a new virtual server can be done through a number of different methods, depending on the type of virtualization platform being used. For example, on a VMware vSphere platform, creating a new virtual server can be done through the VMware vSphere Client. Once the virtual server has been created, it can then be configured with the desired operating system and applications. After the virtual server has been created and configured, it can then be used just like any other server.
Booting the new virtual server
- To boot the new virtual server, first power on the server.
- Once the server has been powered on, press the F11 key to enter the boot menu.
- Select the option to boot from the CD/DVD drive.
- The server will now boot from the CD/DVD drive and begin the process of installing the operating system.
- Follow the prompts to complete the installation process.
- Once the installation is complete, the server will reboot and be ready for use.
Assuming you have followed all the steps in our previous article, how to reinstall a virtual server, you should now have a new virtual server up and running. We hope this article was helpful in learning how to reinstall a virtual server. Please feel free to leave any questions or comments below.