» Creating a new server

In order to create a new server choose the Application you want to work with by clicking its name in the Overcast opening view, then click the plus icon on the right side.

add a server

This will start a guided procedure to configure and launch a server.

» Region and Server Type

The first step in the server launch process is selecting the Region where the server should run and what type of server to launch, SmartFoxServer 2X in this example.

Create Server / Region and Type, step 1

» Name and Tier

Next give the server a name, a description (optional) and choose one of the available tiers. More information on tiers is available on the service pricing page.

Create Server / Name and Tier

At the bottom of the screen you will also find an option for selecting an existing server snapshot and use it as a template for the new server. For the moment you can skip the step and proceed normally. This is further discussed under Server snapshots.

» Version and Password

Here you choose the software version to install and a custom admin password. The latter will be used to connect to the instance via its administration dashboard (the AdminTool for SmartFoxServer and PhpMyAdmin for MySQL). Make sure to choose a secure enough combination of characters and symbols.

Create Server / Version and Password
NOTE: when SmartFoxServer is launched, a default user called sfsadmin is created and it is associated with the password you provided. Use this account to connect via the AdminTool.
NOTE: when MySQL is launched, a default user called root is created and it is associated with the password you provided. Use this account to connect via PhpMyAdmin.

» Domain Name

This step is executed if a second-level domain is assigned to the application only, as described on the Creating a new application page, and if the selected server type supports it. Routing the traffic to a server through its domain name is mandatory if you want to activate SmartFoxServer's protocol cryptography, which requires a standard SSL certificate linked to an existing domain.

Enter the third-level domain name you want to assign to the server (i.e. tictactoe.mygamedomain.com), or leave it empty.

Create Server / Domain Name

» Billing Plan

Next you have to choose one of the available billing plans. You will get different levels of discount based on the number of prepaid months you select.

Create Server / Billing Plan

» Review and confirm

Finally, the last step summarizes all the settings for you to review. You can also check the total server price for the selected billing period, including taxes if applicable.

Create Server / Confirm

Once confirmed, Overcast will launch the server and charge the credit card entered in the billing details. An invoice will also be sent to your email address.
You will be then redirected to the application view, where you can check the state of the server, its public IP and domain name (if set) and access the server details and controls.

» Quick testing the server

Once you get the green light, the server is installed and ready. You can click the toolbox icon on the right side to be redirected to the admin login screen. You can then login using the credentials highlighted in the box below.

Server ready
NOTE: SmartFoxServer 2X and MySQL have initially one default admin user.
  • SmartFoxServer 2X:
    • Name: admin
    • Password: -the one you provided-
  • MySQL:
    • Name: root
    • Password: -the one you provided-

You can access the server's details view by clicking on its name. The gear icon gives access to the server controls, while the pencil icon lets you set/change/delete the custom domain name assigned to the server.