Quick config and optimization of your cloud instance

So you’ve got your first Linux VM, hurray! Here is a quick prep guide to get it up to speed.

In this example (and throughout this blog), I’ll assume you’re using the Debian-based Ubuntu 18.04 LTS – which is ideal as it comes with newer software packages and is quite a bit easier to manage than CentOS.

Setting hostname and timezone

After SSH-ing into the terminal, the first two things you’d want to do is update the hostname and timezone settings of your VM. These can be done by the following commands: