Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Documentation

Creating an Instance Configuration

Instance configurations allow you to 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 An IAM document that specifies who has what type of access to your resources. It is used in different ways: to mean an individual statement written in the policy language; to mean a collection of statements in a single, named "policy" document (which has an Oracle Cloud ID (OCID) assigned to it); and to mean the overall body of policies your organization uses to control access to resources. 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 A collection of related resources that can be accessed only by certain groups that have been given permission by an administrator in your organization. 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.

Using the Console

  1. Open the navigation menu. Under Core Infrastructure, go to Compute and click Instances.
  2. Click the instance that you want to use as a template to create the instance configuration.
  3. Click Create Instance Configuration.

  4. Select the compartment you want to create the instance configuration in.

  5. Specify a name for the instance configuration. It doesn't have to be unique, and it cannot be changed later in the Console (but you can change it with the API). Avoid entering confidential information.

  6. Click Create 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.