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.

Launching an Instance

  1. Open the navigation menu. Under Core Infrastructure, go to Compute and click Instances.
  2. Click Create Instance.
  3. Enter a name for the instance, 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.
  4. In the Configure placement and hardware section, make the following selections:
    1. Accept the default Availability domain.
    2. In the Image section, click Change Image. Then, do the following:
      1. On the Platform Images tab, select Windows Server 2019 Standard.
      2. Review and accept the terms of use, and then click Select Image.
    3. In the Shape section, click Change Shape. Then, do the following:

      1. For Instance type, accept the default, Virtual Machine.
      2. For Shape series, select Intel Skylake, and then choose the VM.Standard2.1 shape (1 OCPU, 15 GB RAM).

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

      3. Click Select Shape.
  5. In the Configure networking section, configure the network details for the instance. Do not accept the defaults.

    • For Network, leave Select existing virtual cloud network selected.
    • Virtual cloud network in <compartment_name>: Select the cloud network that you created. If necessary, click Change compartment to switch to the compartment containing the cloud network that you created.
    • For Subnet, leave Select existing subnet selected.
    • Subnet in <compartment_name>: Select the public subnet that was created with your cloud network. If necessary, click Change compartment to switch to the compartment containing the correct subnet.
    • Leave the Use network security groups to control traffic check box cleared.
    • Select the Assign a public IPv4 address option. This creates a public IP¬†address for the instance, which you need to access the instance. If you have trouble selecting this option, confirm that you selected the public subnet that was created with your VCN, not a private subnet.
  6. In the Configure boot volume section, leave all the options cleared.
  7. Click Create.

The instance is displayed in the Console in a provisioning state. Expect provisioning to take several minutes before the state 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, Username, and Initial Password are displayed on the details page, as shown in the following image:

    Location of Public IP Address and intial password

  3. To view the Initial Password, click Show. Although the Console offers a 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.