Launching an Instance

Now you will launch an instance with the Oracle Linux image and basic shape. More advanced options are available, see Overview of the Compute Service for more information.

Before You Begin

Launching an Instance

  1. In the Console, click Compute.
  2. Click Launch Instance.
  3. In the Launch Instance dialog, enter the following:
    • Name: Enter a name, for example: <your initials>_Instance.
    • availability domain: Select the first availability domain in the list (AD-1).
    • Image Source: Select the ORACLE-PROVIDED OS IMAGE.


    • Shape: Select BM Standard1.36 or VM.Standard1.4, depending what you selected for shape type.

      The shape defines the number of CPUs and amount of memory allocated to the instance.

      The BM Standard1.36 option is Oracle Server X5-2 with 36 cores and 256 GB RAM, which provides a balance of compute power, memory capacity, and network resources for general purpose computing needs. If you want a smaller, virtual machine option instead, choose VM.Standard1.4, which provides good compute power, memory capability, and network resources for lighter applications.

    • Image Build: Select the Oracle-Linux-7.X image. (The image name will have the latest patch date appended to it.)
    • Virtual Cloud Network: Select the cloud network you created.
    • Subnet: Select the subnet created with your cloud network in availability domain 1.
    • Private IP Address: Leave blank.
    • Assign public IP address: Leave checked.
    • Hostname: Leave blank. hostname name is not required. For more information about how hostname is used, see Validation and Generation of the Hostname
    • Fully Qualified Domain Name: Leave blank.
    • SSH Keys: Click Browse, navigate to the location where you saved the public key portion (.pub) of the SSH key file you created, select the file and click Open.

  4. Click Launch Instance.

The instance is displayed in the Console in a provisioning state. Expect provisioning to take several minutes before the status updates to Running. Do not refresh the page. Once the instance is running, allow another few minutes for the operating system to boot before you attempt to connect.

Getting the Instance Public IP Address

To connect to your instance in the next step, you'll need its public IP address.

To get the instance public IP address:

  1. Click the instance name to see its details.
  2. The Public IP Address is displayed on the details page as shown in the following image:

    Location of Public IP Address

  3. Make a note of the Public IP Address before you continue.

What's Next

Now use the IP address and your SSH key to connect. See Connecting to Your Instance.