At TransIP you have the freedom to choose one of the Operating Systems that you want to use on your server. Should you skip this step during the initial purchase, you can always do this at a later date. You can also always perform a new installation (either the same or another OS) which will overwrite the currently installed OS.
To perform a (new) install, select the VPS you want to install an OS on and click on the cogwheel icon in the top right corner. A number of options will appear from which you select '(Re)install OS'. Select the desired OS and press 'Start install'.
Please note! When performing a reinstall the current data on the VPS will be overwritten. Please take this under consideration when reinstalling and create a back-up of the data on the VPS if you want to save this!
When the installation is complete, you can login on your VPS via the console. Generally speaking a (re)install will not take longer than 5 minutes, with the exception of Windows Server (which takes about 30 minutes). When selecting a 'standalone' OS such as Ubuntu, CentOS or FreeBSD, you will need to finish the configuration of the OS via the console. This is also where you choose the (root) password for your OS. The exception to this are the 'web control panels' (DirectAdmin, Plesk & cPanel). For these installs you will receive a mail from us containing the necessary credentials.
it is advisable to use an external connection / management tool (for example SSH or RDP) for the daily management of the VPS, although the console is always available to use for this purpose.