Start, view, and stop an instance

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2017

This section describes how to start, view, and stop an instance.

Start an instance

Note: You can only start instances in Stopped status.

To start an instance, perform the following:

  1. Log on to the ECS console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Instances.
  3. Select a region.
  4. Select the desired instance. You can select multiple instances, as long as they are all in Stopped status.
  5. Click Start at the bottom of the page.

View an instance

Use the console to view the following instance information:

  • Quantity and operating statuses of instances in each region
  • Basic configuration, payment, and monitoring information
  • Disks
  • Snapshots
  • Related security groups

To view instances, perform the following:

  1. Log on to the ECS console.
  2. On the overview page, you can view the operating statuses of ECS instances in all regions.
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, click Instances.
  4. Select a region, and click the name of the instance you want to view.
    (Optional) You can also search for the name of the instance you want to view.

You can then view instance details, including its:

  • Region
  • Zone
  • Configuration specification
  • Payment status
  • CPU
  • Network usage

Note: You can also view and manage the instance’s disks, snapshots, and security group information.

Stop an instance

Note:

  • A stopped instance still incurs fees. To stop charging, you need to release the instance.
  • Stopping an instance may disrupt your business traffic. Proceed with caution.
  • Only instances in Running status can be stopped.

To stop an instance, perform the following:

  1. Log on to the ECS console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Instances.
  3. Select a region.
  4. Select the desired instance. You can select multiple instances, as long as they are all in Running status.
  5. Click Stop.
  6. Select Stop in the displayed dialog box. Click OK.
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