CloudAtCost Custom OS
This tutorial attempts to remake the original one present on the original CloudAtCost wiki. The original wiki had become rather overrun with spam, so the owner shut it down.
The following OS's are supported, according to netboot.xyz:
- Arch Linux
- Architect Linux
- Manjaro Linux
- Microsoft Windows
- Tiny Core Linux
- Many more (check the site)!
I would advise doing this on a fresh CloudAtCost server, preferably using the Debian 8 Jessie image. Make sure your console works, as you'll need it throughout the entire installation.
It appears that the console works much more consistently on DC-2 as opposed to DC-3, so I'd give it a shot there for the most successful installation (plus, DC-2 is probably as stable you're gonna get at the moment).
1. Login into your fresh server, preferably using the console (SSH will work too).
2. Run the following command:
cd /boot && wget -C "https://boot.netboot.xyz/ipxe/netboot.xyz.lkrn"
Note: This is where you'll need the console. If you're not already on it, do so now.
3. Reboot your server using Ctrl+Alt+Del (or clicking the blue square in the corner of the console), or using the "reboot" command.
4. When you see the VMWare splash screen, quickly press the letter "C".
Note: You should now see a "grub>" prompt. If not, you'll need to reboot and try step 4 again.
5. In the grub prompt, type the following command:
Note: Be prepared to quickly press "M" after this next command:
6. Then boot into it using the following command:
7. Quickly press "M" to bring up the menu.
8. Select "manual network setup".
9. Now you'll need to provide the following information in order for the script to download the image. This can all be found on the information icon in the CloudAtCost panel:
IP address (found in panel) Subnet mask (if you have issues relating to networking, try leaving this blank) Default gateway (found in panel) Set DNS to 184.108.40.206
10. If everything is successful, you should now get a list of OS's which you can choose to your hearts content. Pick the OS you'd like and then follow the instructions. The script will lead you to installing the operating system of your choice.
If you have any issues, check the ##CloudAtCost channel on Freenode. Plenty of people there available to help.