ECS operation instructions

Last Updated: Jun 21, 2017

To ensure proper operation of your ECS instance, you must take the considerations outlined in this section into account before use.


Alibaba Cloud prohibits you from:

  • Using your instance for flow-through services. Any violation will result in punishment up to shutdown and lockout of instance, and termination of services.
  • Upgrading the ECS kernel or OS without prior authorization.
  • Activating SELinux.
  • Uninstalling PVDriver.
  • Arbitrarily modifying the MAC address of the network adapter.

General operating system considerations

  • For an ECS with more than 4 GB RAM, use of a 64-bit OS is recommended, because a 32-bit OS supports a maximum of 4 GB RAM. Currently available 64-bit systems include:
    • Aliyun Linux
    • CoreOS
    • CentOS
    • Debian
    • FreeBSD
    • OpenSUSE
    • SUSE Linux
    • Ubuntu
    • Windows 2008/2012
  • 32-bit Windows OS supports CPUs with up to 4 cores.
  • To ensure service continuity and avoid service downtime, enable auto-start of service applications upon OS boot.
  • For I/O-optimized instances, do not stop the aliyun-service process.

Linux restrictions

To ensure stable system operation, DO NOT:

  • Modify the content of the default /etc/issue file. Modifying this file will render management console buttons unusable.
  • Modify directory permissions in partitions, particularly permissions for directories such as /etc, /sbin, /bin, /boot, /dev, /usr, and /lib. Improper modification of permissions may cause errors.
  • Rename, delete, or disable the Linux root account.
  • Compile or perform any other operations on the Linux kernel.
  • Enable the NetWorkManager service. This service conflicts with the internal network service of the system and will cause network errors.

Windows restrictions

  • Do not close the built-in shutdownmon.exe process. This may delay the restart of your Windows server.
  • Do not rename, delete, or disable the Administrator account.
  • The use of virtual memory is not recommended.

Pay-As-You-Go restrictions

The Pay-As-You-Go service is subject to the following restrictions:

  • An ECS server can use only one billing method, meaning that you cannot switch between Subscription and Pay-As-You-Go services. You cannot modify the configuration of the Pay-As-You-Go service, including upgrades of bandwidth, CPU/memory, and data disks.
  • If a fixed 0 Mbps bandwidth is selected, you will not be allocated an external IP address, neither can you upgrade the bandwidth.
  • A record-filing service is not offered for Pay-As-You-Go services.
  • The fee for Pay-As-You-Go services is calculated per hour as follows: Total fee = CPU fee + memory fee + data disk fee + public bandwidth fee.
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