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Infrastructure

Technical best practices for managing your Packet infrastructure.

  • Supported Operating Systems

    Find out the operating systems we support by default. Custom iPXE (details) Custom Image (details) CentOS 7 Container Linux (Alpha, Beta, Stable) Debian (8, 9) ESXi 6.5 FreeBSD (10.3, 10.4, 11.0, 11.1...

  • SSH Access

    Use SSH to securely access your Packet servers. SSH keys are one of the most secure ways to access a web server, since it requires authentication beyond a simple password. While each new Packet server...

  • Custom iPXE

    How to install a custom Operating System or modified image. Introduction Packet supports passing custom iPXE scripts during provisioning, which allows you to install a custom operating system manually...

  • Server Reinstall

    Redeploy an instance while keeping the same IP addresses. What is server reinstall & how is it helpful? The Server Reinstall feature enables you to provision a new instance on the same hardware, which...

  • Inventory

    How to gauge availability of servers by facility While we aim to avoid any “out of capacity” errors, logistics and variations in demand can sometimes result in an inventory problem. We offer a few opt...

  • Doorman Customer VPN

    Securely access and manage your Packet servers. Doorman is a VPN (virtual private network) service that helps to secure traffic between you and your servers for management purposes. This is not a VPN ...

  • Device Tagging

    Utilize tags to group your device(s) What is tagging? Tagging is a feature allowing you to apply custom labels to a single device or multiple devices. Device tagging is purely for filtering purposes a...

  • Custom Images

    How to install & manage a custom operating system image at Packet. Official Images Packet leverages GitHub to transparently manage our officially supported Operating System images.  You can view the r...

  • Image Pinning

    How to pin a custom operating system image at Packet. What is Image pinning? Image pinning is the ability to call a particular release version of a Packet official image, or a custom image utilizing i...

  • Optane and IMDT

    The different operating modes of Intel's Optane drives, as high-performance block devices and as lower-cost memory Intel's newer Optane drives are available today in block device format. When a server...