Creating an Instance Configuration

Instance configurations let you define the settings to use when creating Compute instances.

You use an instance configuration when you want to create one or more instances in an instance pool. For background information about instance pools, see Managing Compute Instances.

You can also use an instance configuration to launch individual instances that are not part of a pool. To do this, use the SDKs, command line interface (CLI), or API.

In the Console, you create an instance configuration using an existing Compute instance as a template. If you want to create an instance configuration by specifying a list of configuration settings, use the SDKs, CLI, or API.


Avoid entering confidential information when assigning descriptions, tags, or friendly names to your cloud resources through the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console, API, or CLI.

Required IAM Policy

To use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, you must be given the required type of access in a policy  written by an administrator, whether you're using the Console or the REST API with an SDK, CLI, or other tool. If you try to perform an action and get a message that you don’t have permission or are unauthorized, confirm with your administrator the type of access you've been granted and which compartment  you should work in.

For administrators: For a typical policy that gives access to instance pools and instance configurations, see Let users manage Compute instance configurations, instance pools, and cluster networks.

Tagging Resources

You can add tags to your resources to help you organize them according to your business needs. You can add tags at the time you create a resource, or you can update the resource later with the desired tags. For general information about applying tags, see Resource Tags.

Using the Console

To create an instance configuration
To manage tags for an instance configuration

Using the API

For information about using the API and signing requests, see REST APIs and Security Credentials. For information about SDKs, see Software Development Kits and Command Line Interface.

Use the CreateInstanceConfiguration operation to create an instance configuration.