How to create a “Storage Volume”?

Login to your cloud dashboard with userid / password provided in an email.

(IMPORTANT: Dashboard uses features from HTML5, please use browser that fully supports HTML5. Some examples are Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera).

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  1. In dashboard, expand “Compute” from left navigation menu.

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  2. Select “Volumes“.

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  3. Click “+ Create Volume” button to start creating your storage volume.

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    • Volume Name: Provide a name for the volume.
    • Description: A brief description so it is easier to understand the purpose of this volume.
    • Type: Select a type if there are different options available.
    • Size: A numeric value in Gigabytes for volume size.
    • Volume Source: A drop down selection gives you option to either create a blank disk by selecting “No source, empty volume” or “Image” then selecting one of the available source images from “Use Image as a source” drop down menu.
    • Availability Zone: Leave default, or select the zone that you prefer.
    • Click “Create Volume“.
  4. Your dashboard will automatically switch back to “Volumes” and you can see your Volume listed in the table. If you selected to create a volume based on a “Image”, the amount of time it takes to copy data will vary. Be patient on “Windows” images as they are between 5 GB – 7 GB each as system will make a full copy of source image to your volume.

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  5. Once the volume Status is “Available“, you volume is ready. You can perform further actions under “More” next to each volume.

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  6. If an image is used as a source for volume creation, this volume can be used as a boot device in “Create Instances (Virtual Machines)” tutorial.
  7. If this is an empty volume, you can click on “More” and then “Edit Attachments” to mount this volume as additional disk on an existing virtual machine.

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  8. System also offers an on-demand way to add additional storage if your volume is running out of disk space. Click “More” next to your volume, then “Extend Volume“.

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  9. Other options under “More” include “Create Snapshot“.

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    • Snapshot Name: Provide a name for the volume.
    • Description: A brief description so it is easier to understand the purpose of this volume.
    • You can see a list of all your snapshots under “Volume Snapshots” tab.

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  10. Once you no longer need this additional volume, you can always “Delete Volume” from “More” options.

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  11. Congratulations, you now have dedicated storage volumes / drives in your virtual data-center.