Deploy an Image to a Linode

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This QuickAnswer will show you how to deploy a Linux distribution to your Linode. See our Getting Started and Disks and Configuration Profiles guides for additional information.

  1. Once you’ve created your Linode, select it from the Linodes tab to access the Dashboard. Click on Deploy an Image:

    Linux Dashboard

    The Deploy page will open:

    Deploy a Linux Image

  2. Select a Linux distribution from the Image menu.

  3. Enter a size for the disk in the Deployment Disk Size field. By default, all of the available space on your Linode is allocated. Note that the minimum deployment size for you distribution is listed under the disk size field - in this example the minimum is 900MB for a Debian 8 image.

  4. Select a swap disk size from the Swap Disk menu. Unless you have a specific reason to use more, the default 256MB is recommended.

  5. Enter a root password for your Linode in the Root Password field. This password must be provided when you log in to your Linode via SSH; it must be at least 6 characters long and contain at least two of the following:

    • lowercase and uppercase case letters
    • numbers
    • punctuation marks
  6. Click Deploy. You can monitor the progress of your distribution deployment from the Linode’s job queue. Once it completes, click the Boot button to boot your Linode.

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