Managing Instances as an Administrator

As an administrative user, one can manage instances for users in various projects.

Administrators can: view, terminate, edit, perform a soft or hard reboot, create snapshots and migrate instances. They can also view logs for instances or launch a VNC console for an instance. For information about using the dashboard to launch instances as an end user, see Launching Instances Using the Dashboard in our user guide.

Creating snapshots:

  1. Log in to the Dashboard.

  2. In the Admin section, click Instances.

  3. Select an instance to create a snapshot from it. From the Actions drop-down list, select Create Snapshot.

  4. In the Create Snapshot window, enter a name for the snapshot. Click Create Snapshot. The Dashboard shows the instance snapshot in the Images & Snapshots category.

  5. To launch an instance from the snapshot, select the snapshot and click Launch. For information about launching instances, see the Launching Instances Using the Dashboard section of our user guide.

Control the state of an instance (lock, reboot, suspend, migrate etc)

  1. Log in to the Dashboard.

  2. In the Admin drop-down, click Instances.

  3. Select the instance for which you want to change the state.

  4. In the More drop-down list in the Actions column, select the state.

  5. Depending on the current state of the instance, you can choose to perform one of the following actions:

Lock / Unlock: Locking an instance allows you to secure an instance so that it can’t be terminated.  Other actions may be performed on the instance.

Suspend / Resume: Suspend an instance means  its VM state is stored on disk, all memory is written to disk, and the virtual machine is stopped. Suspending an instance is similar to placing a device in hibernation mode.

Soft reboot: Issuing a soft reboot, the instance is signaled to restart, which allows for a graceful shutdown of all processes.

Shutdown & Migrate Instance: The instance is shut down (and the instance knows that it was rebooted) for a period of time and is moved to another hypervisor. Also known as a “cold” migration.

Terminate: The instance is shutdown and all underlying files are deleted.  This a permanent action.  


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