Get A Cloud Virtual Machine For Free

Yes, I am serious! Oracle Cloud has a free tier of their cloud infrastructure. You get a 200GB SSD, 4 instances of ARM Ampere A1 Oracle cloud CPUs, and 24GB of RAM.

Oracle requires you to have a credit or debit card to use the free tier to deter the mischievous from accessing the free stuff. I’ve read all of the comments about this and found no instances of misuse.

I had some issues which I later clarified, for instance once the free trial over you can no longer manage your always free cloud resources will always . I though you were stuck with what you had setup previously unless you pay. I discovered you just need to upgrade you account type. The free resources will always be free.

With these resources you can create a WordPress website, deploy a database, Red Bull Racing (has something to do with auto racing stats), RStudio (software development), other software development tools, private VPN, OwnCloud, cloud backup and many others.

The topic today is creating an Ubuntu virtual machine that is in the cloud, but you can run from your Windows machine. The machine may have more resources than your PC, so it can do a lot of heavy lifting. Sometimes the video may seem to be behind, but this is your computer. The cloud instance is doing just fine.

You could make a Windows VM, but why? It will sucks up all of your free resources, this could cost you money.

This YouTube video has all of the instructions to build a Linux VM, but there is a lot of new concepts and software to learn. If you would like we could dedicate a day to do a step by step.

In the video it is hard to see what the presenter is typing so I wrote it all down.

Tools You Will Need

  • PuTTy is an open-source terminal emulator. You use it to send command to your remote server.
  • Remote Desktop Connection Manager You probably already have this one installed; it comes with Windows.
  • credit card
*Service Type: CIDR
*Source CIDR: 0000/0
*Destination Port:3389
*Description: RDP


  1. sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
  2. sudo apt-get install cinnamon-desktop-environment xrdp stacer -y
  3. sudo cp /etc/iptables/rules.v4 /etc/iptables/rules.v4.bak && sudo truncate -s 0 /etc/iptables/rules.v4
  4. sudo rm /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/org.freedesktop.color.policy
  5. sudo passwd ubuntu
  6. Example password : t6y1x9n6h7j1 so long,complex and not in a dictionary


sudo reboot

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