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.. _cyclades-user-guide:
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Cyclades user guide
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Welcome!
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In Cyclades, you can create your own virtual machines, manage them and connect them via private networks.
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When you first enter the Cyclades homepage, the main menu bar will appear in front of your screen:
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    HELLO IMAGE
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How to create a VM?
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Initially, as in most important things, you have to press the big bright button! (|image7_png|)
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**Step 1:**
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Select the operating system you want for your VM
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You can choose between Windows 2008 Server Edition or different distributions of Linux (with or without a GUI).
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**Step 2:**
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Depending on the OS you have selected, ~okeanos has preselected some of the VM's characteristics.
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If you want, you can change them now!
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You can select how many cores your processor will have, how many GB of RAM your system will boast , or the size of your disk drive.
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Alternatively, you can simply choose the power scale of your VM, ie Small, Medium or Large.
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**Step 3:**
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Name your VM!
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At this point, you can name your VM and give it a role (MailServer, Proxy, etc.).
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The above do not affect the VM you create. They merely help you with categorising your arsenal of VMs!
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As for the ssh keys, they can be regarded as your "fingerprint", large alphanumeric sequences that allow you to access remote machines without ever having to enter your username/password.
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More details about the process of creating these keys can be found in `How can I create SSH keys?`_.
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Confirmation
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At this point you will see a summary of your choices. If everything seems fine to you, by clicking the "create machine" button, your order will be processed and your VM will be available in no time!
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And of course, do not forget to save the password that will appear on your screen, since for security reasons there is absolutely no other way to retrieve it!
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How do I connect to a VM?
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Now that you have created your machine, you can connect to it. We have created the following guides to help decompose the connecting process into a set of simple commmands and clicks-clicks, having the less computer savvy user in mind. Before we begin with the guides, we need to clarify some terms that might be new to an ~okeanos user, but are important to help choose what guide suits his/her needs:
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* **Host machine** is the computer you are using in your home i.e. your laptop, your PC
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* **Guest machine** is the target VM you want to connect to in ~okeanos
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* **Graphical connection** is your typical connection type, the one with the fancy graphics that you most propably use in your host machine. *(Not available for Debian Base and CentOS guest machines)* 
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* **Command-line connection** is a less typical connection type, where navigating and using your VM consists of typing commands to a terminal. *(Not available for Windows guest machines)*
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With that clarified, you can jump right into the appropriate guide
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* `Windows host to Windows guest [Graphical]`_
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* `Windows/Linux host to Linux guest [Graphical]`_
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* `Windows/Linux host to Linux guest [Command-line]`_
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* `Linux host to Windows guest [Graphical]`_
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* `Connecting via console`_
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