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Maximizing Efficiency: A Guide to Using Portainer VPS Templates

Portainer is an open-source container management platform that simplifies application deployment, management, and monitoring by providing a graphical interface for easier interaction with Docker and Kubernetes environments.

a) Access the Portainer web interface


1. First, open a web browser and enter the IP address of your VPS, followed by the Portainer port, which defaults to 9443, i.e., http://vps_ip:9443.

2. Then, navigate to the Portainer login page and create an administrator account by providing the username and password.

3. After logging in, you will be guided through the initial setup process, prompting you to select a Docker environment and a local environment.

4. Finally, Portainer provides a comprehensive dashboard for managing containers, images, networks, and volumes.

Troubleshoot access issues

The Portainer installation process provides 5 minutes for creating an administrator user as a security measure. Failure to create an admin user will cause the server to stop accepting requests, requiring manual restarting of the container.

b) Deploy your first container

1. First, navigate to the Containers tab in the left sidebar and select the Add Container button.

2. After that, the request requires the provision of specific details, including the container name, the image to be used, and any exposed ports or volumes.

3. Finally, click on the “Deploy Container” button to initiate the creation and start of the container.

Explore Portainer features

The Portainer interface allows you to manage containers, create new containers, pull images from Docker Hub, and manage volumes and networks, providing valuable insights through a dashboard that provides container details, logs, and statistics.

c) Manage your containers

1. You can use Portainer to update, scale, stop, or delete containers.

  • To update a container, go to the container page and click Recreate after pulling the latest image version.
  • To scale and create multiple instances of the same container, select it and click Dulicate/Edit.
  • To stop or remove a container, select the container and click Stop or Remove. Deleting a container does not delete its data. To delete associated volumes, make sure to select this option.
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