You can create simple application servers by using custom configurations such as the region, image, and plan to meet your business requirements.

Background information

Before you create a simple application server, you must understand the limits of Simple Application Server. For more information, see Limits.

Procedure

  1. Log on to the Simple Application Server console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Servers.
  3. In the upper-right corner of the Servers page, click Create Server.
  4. On the Simple Application Server page, configure the parameters.
    1. In the Region section, select a region.
      For information about the regions where Simple Application Server can be deployed, see Regions and network connectivity.
    2. In the Image section, select an image.
      Click one of the following tabs and select an image:
      • Apps Image: shows the application images provided by Alibaba Cloud. Application images contain application environments and allow you to deploy development environments or build websites with ease.
        Note Select extended services provided by Alibaba Cloud may be available for some application images. Extended services allow you to enable some features, such as HTTPS-encrypted access.
      • OS Image: shows operating system (OS) images provided by Alibaba Cloud. OS images contain only clean OS. You can install applications based on your business requirements.
      • Custom Images: shows custom images. Custom images are created from snapshots of simple application servers. You can use a created custom image to create simple application servers that have the same configurations as or higher configurations than the custom image. You can also share the custom image to Elastic Compute Service (ECS). For more information, see Overview of custom images.
    3. Set Instance Plan.
      Simple Application Server provides a variety of plans. Select a plan based on your business requirements. For more information, see Billable items.
      Note After a simple application server is created, it is assigned a public IP address by default. Take note of the following items:
      • This public IP address cannot be changed.
      • This public IP address is a NAT IP address configured on the gateway instead of on the network interface controller (NIC) of the server. Therefore, the address cannot be queried on the server by using Alibaba Cloud CLI.
    4. Optional: Specify a size to create and attach a Data Disk of the specified size.
      Each simple application server can have one data disk attached. The following limits apply to the size of a data disk:
      • A value of 0 indicates that no data disk is attached.
      • If the disk included in the selected Instance Plan is a standard SSD, the size of the data disk ranges from 20 GB to 16,380 GB.
      Notice After you create a simple application server that has a data disk attached, you must partition and format the data disk before you can use the disk. For more information, see Manage a data disk.
    5. Set Subscription Time.
      You can set the subscription time of the simple application server to one month, three months, six months, one year, two years, or three years.

      You can also select Auto-renewal to enable the auto-renewal feature.

    6. Set Quantity.
      The default value of this parameter is 1. You can specify the quantity of servers to be created.
      Note The Simple Application Server page shows the number of servers that you have and the number of servers that you can create. The specified quantity of servers that you want to create cannot exceed the number of servers that you can create.
  5. After you configure the parameters, click Buy Now.
  6. On the Confirm Order page, confirm the server configurations.
  7. In the Terms of Service section, read the General Terms and End User License and select I have read and agree to General Terms, End User License.
  8. Click Pay and follow the on-screen instructions to make a payment.
    After the payment is made, go back to the Simple Application Server console. On the Servers page, you can find the server that you created. Servers

What to do next

  • If the server is created from an application image, you can configure applications on the server with ease in the console. For more information, see Manage applications on a server created from an application image.
  • If the server is created from an OS image, you need to build development environments or deploy applications on your own. Alibaba Cloud provides some best practices for manually configuring simple application servers. For more information, see Build a website. You can also refer to the ECS website building tutorials to build websites on simple application servers. For more information, see Summary of website building methods.
    Notice When you refer to the ECS website building tutorials to build websites on simple application servers, we recommend that you select the tutorials on manually building websites or applications and make sure that the server image versions are consistent with the OS versions used in the tutorials. If the server image versions are inconsistent with the OS versions, errors may occur when commands are run.