Creating your first virtual server in SoftLayer: Ready to order!

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This third blog post in my step-by-step series for ordering a SoftLayer virtual server will focus on the checkout process. For background tutorials on getting to the point of actually placing an order, please review the steps outlined in the following blog posts:

In part 1, we walked through the initial navigation to the web interface for ordering a virtual server as well as the billing options available.
In part 2, we walked through the server configuration options for your new virtual server or servers.

If you complete the following steps, you will be able to order a virtual server in SoftLayer.

1. Ready to order!

After following the step-by-step tutorial in part 2 to configure your new server or servers, you will be ready to add this virtual server to your order.

Review your final hourly cost one more time to make sure you aren’t going to get any unexpected charges, and then click the “Add to Order” button.

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2. Checkout

After clicking the green ‘”Add to Order” button, you will see a checkout screen similar to the one in the following screen capture:

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Within this checkout screen, you can:

• Verify your configuration
• Identify host and domain names
• Set up your customer account

3. Enter host and domain names

You will also be asked during checkout to identify a host and domain name for your new virtual server. For more detailed information on domain names at SoftLayer, please reference the FAQ.

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4. Create your SoftLayer account and enter billing information

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Verify your charges, confirm that you have read and agree to the “Master Service Agreement,” and submit your order!

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5. Receipt

After hitting the green ‘”Submit Order” button you will be redirected to a screen with your order number. I used an existing account and my confirmation screen looked similar to the one in the following screen capture. Your screen may look slightly different but the content and intent is the same:

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6. What’s next?

Now that you’ve submitted the order for your virtual server and received an order number confirmation in the web interface, you can expect the following information:

• A welcome to SoftLayer email sent to the email address that you specified when setting up your account
• A notice that your virtual server is approved and in the process of provisioning

After the server is provisioned, you will receive an email from SoftLayer notifying you that the server is ready for use and can be managed using the web portal interface.

Also, check out some of the best practices suggested by SoftLayer that are worth reviewing before ordering your new virtual instance.

Stay tuned for my final blog post in this series when we test out these instructions on a fourth grader! In the meantime, I’d love to hear your experiences with ordering virtual servers on SoftLayer, so leave a comment here or follow me on Twitter @Shelbee_SE.

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