Compared with manual renewal, auto-renewal helps minimize management costs and prevent service interruptions of ECS instances if you fail to renew the instances. This topic describes how to enable the auto-renewal feature for a subscription instance.

Prerequisites

The subscription ECS instance does not expire.

Background information

When you enable the auto-renewal feature, take note of the following items:
  • The first auto-renewal day and billing cycle are calculated based on the expiration day of the instance.
  • The auto-renewal duration is subject to the duration that you selected. For example, if you select three months, ECS renews the instance for three months each time before it expires until you disable auto-renewal.
  • If you have manually renewed an instance before the auto-renewal payment is deducted, the auto-renewal operation will not be performed during the current billing cycle.
  • If the auto-renewal deduction fails, the systemsends messages to your email address that is bound to your account. Check you email and handle the messages in a timely manner to ensure your business availability.

For more information about the payment deduction process of auto-renewal, see Renewal overview.

Enable auto-renewal on the instance creation page

The following figure shows how to enable auto-renewal on the instance creation page. For information about how to create an ECS instance, see Create an instance by using the wizard.

Enable auto-renewal

Enable auto-renewal on the Instances page

On the Instances page, you can enable auto-renewal for one or more ECS instances or change the renewal duration.

  1. Log on to the ECS console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Instances & Images > Instances.
  3. In the top navigation bar, select a region.
  4. Select one of the following methods to enable auto-renewal:
    • Enable auto-renewal for one ECS instance: Find the instance and choose More > Instance Settings > Configure Auto-renewal in the Actions column.
    • Enable auto-renewal for one or more ECS instances: Select the instances and choose More > Instance Settings > Configure Auto-renewal in the lower part of the Instances page.
  5. In the Configure Auto-renewal dialog box, turn on Auto-renewal, set Renewal Duration, and then click OK.

Enable auto-renewal on the Renew page

On the Renew page, you can enable auto-renewal for one or more ECS instances or change the renewal duration.

  1. Log on to the ECS console.
  2. In the top navigation bar, choose Expenses > Renew Management.
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, click Elastic Compute Service.
  4. Click the Manual tab.
    If the non-renewal option is set for some instances, click the Nonrenewal tab to modify the configuration.
  5. Select one of the following methods to enable auto-renewal:
    • Enable auto-renewal for one ECS instance: Find the instance and click Enable Auto Renewal in the Actions column.
    • Enable auto-renewal for one or more ECS instances: Select the instances and click Enable Auto Renewal in the lower part of the page.
  6. Set Unified Auto Renewal Cycle and click Auto Renew.
    If the managed instances are displayed on the Auto tab, auto-renewal is enabled.