Today I want to try custom iso feature that Vultr provide. This time I’ll use NetBSD since the size is small and meet Vultr standard (in their range upload size, at the moment its 5192MB max size ).
Preparation ISO file
At this time NetBSD already reach version 6.1 and I choose to download from master.
For NetBSD legacy version:
Click “My ISOs” link.
Enter the address of iso file (I use NetBSD-6.1.4-amd64.iso) and click Upload button.
Wait for while as Vultr will download it to their system. I let it for game time 🙂
After I lose my game I see that ISO successfully uploaded. ISO preparation stage complete.
Create Vultr instance for NetBSD
I choose Paris location, 64 bit and “Custom”.
Select “NetBSD-6.1.4-amd64.iso” from drop down menu and hit “Place Order” button.
Running status will be displayed and click “Manage” link to start installation.
Since Vultr don’t know how to install it then we must do it ourselves via “Console” menu.
Click “View Console” to get started.
If you see this screen as I do then you can continue with next step.
NetBSD provide example of installation process that easy to follow. I follow the steps and end with success.
Remember to check this section on Vultr :
1. IPV4 section
You see address, netmask and gateway for static ip setting.
2. Remove iso
You’ll get installation start over and over if you don’t remove ISO from the server.
Ping from my Lubuntu box give me good reply :
[email protected]:~$ ping 188.8.131.52
PING 184.108.40.206 (220.127.116.11) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 18.104.22.168: icmp_seq=1 ttl=240 time=356 ms
64 bytes from 22.214.171.124: icmp_seq=2 ttl=238 time=368 ms
64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=3 ttl=240 time=421 ms
64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=4 ttl=240 time=381 ms
64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=5 ttl=238 time=564 ms
64 bytes from 220.127.116.11: icmp_seq=6 ttl=240 time=364 ms
64 bytes from 18.104.22.168: icmp_seq=7 ttl=240 time=394 ms
64 bytes from 22.214.171.124: icmp_seq=8 ttl=240 time=382 ms
64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=9 ttl=238 time=369 ms
64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=10 ttl=240 time=411 ms
64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=11 ttl=240 time=391 ms
— 220.127.116.11 ping statistics —
11 packets transmitted, 11 received, 0% packet loss, time 10011ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 356.595/400.597/564.969/55.259 ms
A few notes :
– Vultr only provide snapshot and backup service to ‘performance series’ server.
– Server location is the main factor that must be considered. If you live in Germany or Europe you can choose exact location like Frankfurt, DE for your netbsd vps server. Sometime the location is sold out but you’re in a hurry then you can choose other like France or United Kingdom.
– Only activate service you need. If you think your netbsd vps server user came from IPv4 only then no need to activate IPv6 on your netbsd server.
– In some case, partition is big problem. If you’re in a rush and want to make quick server and don’t have time to learn how to make partition you can deploy OS partition like Gparted.