Step 1. Log in to the Nectar Dashboard

Using your AAF (Institution) credentials, go to the Nectar dashboard to login for the first time. This tutorial will walk you through this process if you are unsure.

If this is your first time logging in, you will be assigned a free project trial, allocated for up to 6 months. The time length allowed varies depending on the resources used. You can run two small virtual machines or one medium virtual machine for three months, or one small virtual machine for six months.

Step 2. Learn cloud concepts and skills

Whether you are a complete beginner or become more advanced, we have tutorials and resources for you to build your cloud skills. You can find our full tutorial website here.

If you are a beginner using the cloud, we have some great information to start with here:

Step 3. Know where to find help and support

Learning a completely new platform can be difficult, and hiccups can happen along the way. Nectar’s user support site (E-help) is your go-to resource for assistance. You can use the chat and ticket support functions for immediate help. There are also extensive support and self-help knowledge base articles, with technical documentation.

Access Nectar eHelp here.

Need more resources for your research after your free trial ends?

You can request further resources for your research project if you decide to continue using Nectar after your free trial ends. There are eligibility requirements to be aware of.

If you have a national competitive research grant or your project is supported by an NCRIS facility, you are eligible for a national merit allocation on Nectar. There are other criteria that will also allow you to obtain a Nectar resource allocation. The National Research Cloud Allocation Scheme provides detailed eligibility requirements for the allocation of resources on Nectar.

See the user guide for how to request and manage an allocation for computing power, storage or other features of the ARDC Nectar Research Cloud.

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