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How to Create a Virtual Private Cloud Server on Windows

Sometimes a server had just one logical drive, which held both the operating system and data. In this article, you will get some information on how to create a cloud server on Windows system.

When you're setting up a new cloud server, whether running Windows, Linux or something else, it's important to keep the OS on its own drive. While many people have tended to create Windows installations, especially on desktops, with just a single C: drive, it really makes sense to have at least two drives. This allows you to manage, resize and back up each drive independently.

To follow this tutorial, you'll need an Alibaba Cloud account. You'll also need to set up a billing method, and to create a VPC (virtual private cloud) and vSwitch (virtual switch). The VPC and vSwitch act as your private cloud-based LAN, and thus as a container for the cloud servers that you create.

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  1. Log into your Alibaba Cloud account.
  2. Management console ---> main products menu ---> Elastic Compute Service. On the left-hand side of the screen, choose Instances, and then select a region from the list at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on the blue Create Instance button.
  4. Choose the Pay-As-You-Go billing method.
  5. Under Instance Type, leave the default option set. This will be a server with 8GB of RAM and two CPUs, which is sufficient for our purposes.
  6. In the Image section, choose the Public Image button and then, from the dropdown boxes, choose Windows Server 2016.
  7. Check the all-important storage section.
  8. Click on the Next – Networking button and assign your server to a VPC and vSwitch.
  9. Click the orange Preview button and you'll see a summary of your chosen options. Note the optional Automatic Release settings. If you won't be using this server for long, you can schedule its automatic removal for a specific date and time, after which it will be deleted and you will no longer incur any charges.
  10. Accept the terms of service then click on Create Instance.
  11. Wait until the console display will show that your instance is up and running.
  12. Set the Administrator password for this instance: More menu ---> Password/Key Pair ---> Reset Password.
  13. Restart the instance to get the new password to take effect: More menu ---> Instance Status ---> Restart
  14. Wait until your instance will be shown as Running. Then you can see the storage situation on the left-hand side of the console screen.
  15. Click on the Instances link on the left-hand side of the screen and then click the blue Connect link for the server. (Connecting to a server from the browser-based console is simpler than connecting via a Remote Desktop tool, and avoids the need to create a security group in order to open the Remote Desktop firewall port 3389. The first time you use the Connect link, you'll be shown the VNC password for the server. Make a careful note of it, as it will not be shown again.)
  16. Enter the VNC password and you should see the server lock screen which is asking you to press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to unlock it.
  17. Choose the option at the top of the screen to send these keystrokes to the server, then log in using the administrator password you set. Then you can use Windows File Explorer, or any other means, to create some content on the data disk.

For how to delete the server and allocated its data drive to an entirely different instance running a different version of Windows Server, how to resize a cloud disk, and how to monitor its performance, please go to Managing Windows Server Drives on Alibaba Cloud.

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