title: Getting Started slug: docs/getting-started status: hidden
- Beta: You must request and be granted access from the email@example.com to use the Computer Science Club Cloud. Please include your CSC username when requesting access.
Accessing the Dashboard
- Go to Computer Science Club Cloud Dashboard
- Login with your Computer Science Club username and password
Creating a server
- On the Dashboard, open
- Fill in instance details
- Select a name
- Click next. Select an image
- Click next. Choose a flavour
- Click next. Select a network
MSO Intranet(unless you are working with private networking, see the Advanced Network Guide)
- Click on
- If you have not already uploaded a SSH key pair, upload your public key
- This step is important. Without a SSH key, you will not be able to access your VM.
If everything works correctly, your VM should be provisioned.
Accessing the server
The dashboard will show the IP addresses assigned to the VM. You can SSH using the corresponding SSH private key.
The default username is typically the name of the distribution (e.g.,
for Ubuntu and
debian for Debian).
You cannot connect to your VM from the internet. You must connect by SSH'ing from a CSC machine or by using on-campus ethernet, wireless or the Campus VPN.
You may wish to configure an account password (using
passwd) to allow access
via the console (see the next section).
Oh no! I broke SSH / Networking / etc.
You can access the console through the dashboard. View the instance details (by
clicking its name) and then click on the
The console may not accept keyboard / mouse input. If so, click on
Click here to show only console to access the fullscreen view.
If possible, you should use mirror.csclub.uwaterloo.ca as your mirror.
As you may have noticed, you cannot access your VM from the internet. To allow access to your website, you have two options:
- Proxy through
caffeine. See the CSC wiki for more information
- Configure on the CSC HAProxy load balancer. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org with your domain name, username, instance IP
addresses and ports (or DNS hostname). TLS certificates are currently only
*.csclub.clouddomains (contact email@example.com to register a