A promo code is used as a feature code @IBM Cloud

With this post I want to help to avoid pitfalls in wording of promo code and feature code in context with IBM Cloud.

I wrote in two blog posts about, how to enter feature codes and use them:

Sometimes you get a “promo (promotion) code” or “feature code” at a conference, at a hackathon or on a website for free IBM Cloud usage.

So, the best definition from my point of view is:

“The promo code wording is often used for a feature code, but feature code is not a promo code.”

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How to enter your promo code in the newer IBM Cloud UI? (UPDATE)

This is just a small update to my blog post Promo code and free Kubernetes Cluster @IBM Cloud specific to the topic promo codes. Also be aware that a promo code is a feature code @IBM Cloud.

Currently IBM Cloud provides two UIs to access the IBM Cloud.
But don’t be afraid, when entering your code, this will work for both of them.

You can access the newer unified UI, with more functionalities, via http://cloud.ibm.com and the traditional UI you can access with www.bluemix.net.

If you enter your promo code in the newer UI just follow these steps:

  • Open Manage->Account in the IBM Cloud UI menu
  • In Account select Account settings
  • Here you can enter your promo code in Feature (Promo) Codes

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The creation of the free Kubernetes Cluster has not changed.

I hope this was useful for you and let’s see what’s next?

Greetings,

Thomas

PS: By the way, you can use the IBM Cloud for free, if you simply create an IBM Lite account. Here you only need an e-mail address.

#ibmdeveloper #promocode #ibmcloud #free #ibmcloudiu

 

Promo code and free Kubernetes Cluster @IBM Cloud

You may have received a promo/feature code when you attended a conference, meetup, or hackathon, but you have no experience with IBM Cloud yet, and you want to access the free Kubernetes cluster in the IBM Cloud as soon as possible, because you can use the cluster for your own “playing” and “testing”.

To create a the free Kubernetes cluster you need a “trial” (no credit card needed) or a “pay as you go” (credit card needed) IBM Cloud Account. You activate an IBM Cloud trial account with your promo/feature code. In both cases you can use the  free Kubernetes cluster.

The remaining usual questions are:

  • How to enter a promo/feature code?
  • How to instantiate a free Kubernetes Cluster ?

I created a short youtube video related to these questions below.

If you don’t want to watch the video, these are the simple three steps you have to follow:

1. Register at IBM Cloud:

  • Register yourself on IBM Cloud with the link you got on your feature/promo code or register here on IBM Cloud.

2. Insert a promo/feature code:

  • FYI: No longer valid:
    • Select “Manage->Billing” in the menu on the IBM Cloud WebUI
    • Insert your promo code

3. Create a free Kubernetes Cluster:

  • Select the Kubernetes service from the catalog and press free cluster.
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  • Give the cluster a name like cloud-nativekubernetes-ibmcloud-02
  • Press create
  • Follow the instructions in the “Access” tab, to access your cluster with kubectl from your local pc.
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That’s all.

When you start with IBM Cloud you educate yourself with the badge IBM Cloud Essentials related to IBM Cloud before you access the IBM Cloud. BTW, this way would be the best choice ;-). With IBM Cloud Essentials  you have free education and an official badge.

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I hope this was useful for you and let’s see what’s next?

Greetings,

Thomas

PS: By the way, you can use the IBM Cloud for free, if you simply create an IBM Lite account. Here you only need an e-mail address.

#ibmdeveloper, #ibmcloud, #featurecode, #promocode, #trial, #free