Creating a new Windows Server on UpCloud automatically performs the initial setup after deployment after which you can log in using Remote Desktop Connection. Here is a quick run-through on how to get this done.
Once the server has been deployed and is running, you will still need to wait for the Windows setup to complete. You can follow the setup process by viewing the server using the web console found in your UpCloud control panel. Open your server settings by clicking your server name, move to the Console tab, then click Open the console connection button.
If the cloud server was just created, file system checks might still be running when you open the console.
Once Windows has completed the initial setup, you’ll see the usual login screen.
Your Windows cloud server is then ready to accept Remote Desktop connections.
Connecting using Remote Desktop
When the setup is done, you will land on the Windows login screen. From here on out you can close the web console and use the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection instead. Log in using the user Administrator and the password you received via email or SMS.
RDC is a built-in feature on most versions of Windows and can be found in your start menu.
A version of the Remote Desktop is also available for macOS at the Mac App Store.
Changing localisation settings
Each new Windows Server deployment is configured setting region as US and language to US English by default. If you wish to change the localisation settings, log into your Windows Server and open the following menu:
Computer settings > Time & Language > Region
Choose the country and regional format that best suit you. Country and region are best set as to where your server will be used, not necessarily the physical location of the cloud server.
Language and keyboard layout are set on the next menu page. Add a new language and select the keyboard layout that best matches your own keyboard.
Computer settings > Time & Language > Language > Language options
The keyboard layout option should be selected according to your own physical keyboard for the best usability later on.
Windows IPv6 Compatibility
If you wish to use IPv6 connectivity and have created an IPv6 address for the server, you must disable IPv6 address randomization. While logged in with RDC, open the command prompt or Power Shell and execute the following commands:
netsh interface ipv6 set global randomizeidentifiers=disabled store=active netsh interface ipv6 set global randomizeidentifiers=disabled store=persistent netsh interface ipv6 set privacy state=disabled store=active netsh interface ipv6 set privacy state=disabled store=persistent