Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Documentation

Launching a Windows Instance

Now you will launch an instance with the Oracle Windows image and basic shape. More advanced options are available, see Overview of the Compute Service for more information.

Before You Begin

Launching an Instance

  1. Open the navigation menu. Under Core Infrastructure, go to Compute and click Instances.

  2. Click Create Instance.
  3. On the Create Instance page, enter the following:

    • Name: Enter a name, for example: <your initials>_Instance. Avoid entering confidential information.


      Use only these ASCII characters in the instance name: uppercase letters (A-Z), lowercase letters (a-z), numbers (0-9), and hyphens (-). See this known issue for more information.

    • Image or operating system: Click Change Image Source. On the Platform Images tab, select Windows Server 2016 Standard. Review and accept the terms of use, and then click Select Image.
    • Availability domain: Accept the default.
    • Instance type: Accept the default, Virtual Machine.
    • Shape: Accept the default, VM.Standard2.1 (1 OCPU, 15 GB RAM).

      The shape defines the number of CPUs and amount of memory allocated to the instance.

    • In the Configure networking section, ensure that you select the following. Do not accept the defaults:

      • Virtual cloud network compartment: Select the compartment containing the cloud network that you created.
      • Virtual cloud network: Select the cloud network that you created.
      • Subnet compartment: Select the compartment containing the public subnet that was created with your cloud network.
      • Subnet: Select the public subnet that was created with your cloud network.
      • Leave the Use network security groups to control traffic option cleared.
      • Select the Assign a public IP address option. This creates a public IP address for the instance that you'll need to access the instance. If you have trouble selecting this option, ensure that you have selected the public subnet that was created with your VCN.
    • Boot volume: Leave all the options cleared.
  4. Click Create.

The instance is displayed in the Console in a provisioning state. Expect provisioning to take several minutes before the status updates to Running. Do not refresh the page. After the instance is running, allow another few minutes for the operating system to boot before you attempt to connect.

Getting the Instance Public IP Address and Initial Windows Password

To connect to the instance in the next step, you'll need its public IP address and initial password.

To get the instance public IP address and initial password:

  1. Click the instance name to see its details.
  2. The Public IP Address and Initial Password are displayed on the details page, as shown in the following image:

    Location of Public IP Address

  3. To view the Initial Password, click Show. Although the Console offers the copy option, the paste option is typically not available when you are prompted to enter the password, so be prepared to enter it manually.
  4. When you are ready to connect to the instance, make a note of both the public IP address and the initial password.

What's Next

Now use the IP address and your initial password to connect. See Connecting to Your Windows Instance.