Reimaging Your Machine
At any time you wish you may reimage, or reinstall, your machine. This action is irreversible, and will mean that your machine loses all data stored upon it.
The end result of a reimage will be that your machine is running a pristine installation.
If there are local files upon your machine please ensure you have them backed up prior to your reimage.
To backup files you might want to take advantage of the free backup space which is provided with each of our machines.
From the actions menu choose “Reimage your machine”, and you’ll be guided through the process.
Here is each step illustrated with an explanation:
Confirm Your Intention To Reimage
While there are further questions, you need to confirm that you understand your server will be wiped clean.
Select Your Distribution
Pick whichever distribution you would like – if you’re not familiar with Linux you probably want the Bytemark Symbiosis distribution.
Enter Your New Root Password
You will be asked to enter your root password twice so you don’t accidentally mistype it and lock yourself out:
Finally the process begins:
Once the process has completed, which will take approximately 5 minutes, your server will restart automatically.
For dedicated server customers only (at present), if you want more control over the reimaging process, you can reimage your server from the command line and specify a few more options. See our reimaging reference page for more information on how to do this.
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