Introducing Unmanaged Database Installation on Dedicated Servers

At Leaseweb, the Product Engineering teams are constantly working on adding and improving features based on customer feedback.

After learning about the need for easy deployment of a database server, Leaseweb is glad to introduce Unmanaged Database Installation on a single dedicated server instance. It allows for a basic setup of a single database as part of a complete reinstallation of the server.

In this first iteration, the following Database Management Systems (DBMS) are available for setup for Linux:

  • MariaDB
  • MongoDB
  • PostgreSQL
  • Redis

Demo setup

In order to use this feature, visit the Customer Portal.

Once logged in, you’ll see the “Dashboard” with all the services listed.

Under “Services” section, click on “Dedicated Server” and you will be redirected to the Dedicated Servers list page.

Unmanaged Database Installation step 1

Select a dedicated server and click “Manage”.

Unmanaged Database Installation step 2

Once in the dedicated server page, click on “Reinstall” from the “Actions” menu in order to start the install wizard.

Unmanaged Database Installation step 3

Within the wizard, select the desired operating system and inside the “Extra software” dropdown you can choose the DBMS you want to configure.

Unmanaged Database Installation step 4

After selecting a DBMS, you should fill in the required configuration options. Those will depend on the DBMS selected.
For the example of PostgreSQL, there will be the database name, a username and a password for the database access, and the network interface type the DBMS should be bound to.

If your dedicated server is part of a private network, you can select either Internal or Public network interface.
If not, only the Public option is available and in that case, for security reasons, please note that you should have adequate firewall rules in place and use a strong password.

After entering the required options, you can proceed with the installation by clicking on the “Next Step” which will show the next sections (Raid and Partitioning, Settings, Confirmation).
Please enter the required configurations in all these sections. For exact details on how to set-up your instance, please visit our knowledge base.

Once you have confirmed the installation, please wait for our automation to complete the operating system installation along with the DBMS setup. This will take at least 15 minutes.
You can be notified through email about the installation status if you choose to.

Once the installation is complete, the database is ready to be accessed by your clients using the defined credentials and network.

Validation of connection

In the current example, you can validate the connection from another server in the private network using the PostgreSQL CLI command psql and the server internal IP.

# psql postgresql://demouser:demopassword@internal_IP/demodb
psql (9.2.24, server 13.7 (Debian 13.7-0+deb11u1))
SSL connection (cipher: ECDHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384, bits: 256)
Type "help" for help.


And you can also confirm the database is not accessible from the public network using the server public IP.

# psql postgresql://demouser:demopassword@public_IP/demodb
psql: could not connect to server: Connection refused
    Is the server running on host "public_IP" and accepting
    TCP/IP connections on port 5432?


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