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Like Amazon AWS, IBM Smart Cloud provides an IaaS platform to provision OS instances (In this sample we will provision a Windows 8 instance).It is PAYG as well. In this post we will give you an experience of provisioning an instance through IBM Smart Cloud Enterprise. There is a comparison between IBM Smart Cloud and Amazon AWS for your reference. http://bit.ly/WWkoSW Based on my experience IBM has a very long way to go.

1. go to https://www-147.ibm.com/cloud/enterprise/dashboard and log in using your own account. Then it will go to this screen

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2. Click the Add Instance button, it goes to the next page.

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3. As I mentioned previously in this sample we will create a windows 8 instance.So in Image name we select Windows 8.

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4. you can add your own IP if you have. After placing the order you go to this page.

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5. It goes back to the control panel page and you may find the status can be changed from initially Requesting to Provisioning (to provision a Windows 2008 instance it cost me approx 30 minutes) then to the Active status(I believe in the back ground it uses TSAM or ISDM)

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You may find the server configuration is CPU2, RAM: 4G Disk 60G

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Once the status changed to Active, it means your machine is ready.

6. Since it is a sample, we will delete it. See the Delete Instance above. You can click it to de-provision an instance.

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7. Once an instance is removed, you may see the following page

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You may find the sentence “You do not have any instance at this time” in the page.

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Summary

In this post, we illustrate how to provision/de-provision a Windows 8 instance in IBM Smart Cloud Enterprise.

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