Providing .NET/Windows hosting support, CirrusGrid allows developers and ISV companies to host web applications and services that are run on the Windows operating system. Besides the commonly popular software stacks like IIS web-server and MSSQL database server, you also can get a separate dedicated virtual private server with the corresponding OS run inside.
Elastic Windows VPS hosting at CirrusGrid provides all the functionality of a virtual private server, combining it with the availability of the Cloud and backing by the strength of the Windows Operating System:
- The Windows Server OS (2012 and optionally 2008 R2 versions are provided) allows you to run any Windows-based software on your virtual machine with the support of such widely used tools and technologies as ASP.NET, PHP, SQL, Visual Studio, Active Directory, etc.
- Thanks to the provided advanced management possibilities, the connection to VPS can be established via RDP (i.e. with either the inbuilt Guacamole HTML5 tool or local RD client).
- The inbuilt Server Manager console represents a single tool, which makes your administration activities more efficient, allowing to manage server identity, display its status, set the appropriate roles and features, etc.
Having the benefits of the Windows OS, you can easily get highly available and ready to automatically scale (if needed) Windows-based virtual machine installed in just a few clicks.
To get Windows VPS hosted, access your CirrusGrid dashboard and open environment topology wizard. Herein, click on the VPS section at the bottom left corner and choose Windows 2012 (or Windows 2008, if available) from the expandable options list.
Once your Windows VPS is up, you can access the required server via the remote desktop protocol (RDP) to perform any configurations needed. After the connection is established, the inbuilt Server Manager is used to operate your VPS – to start with, examine the basic operations available within this tool.