This topic describes how to run the echo 123 command on multiple ECS instances by using the cloud assistant. With the cloud assistant, you can implement automatic processing of routine maintenance tasks in batches. In this way, you can keep your ECS instances in good condition and guarantee high troubleshooting efficiency.


Before you run the echo 123 command, the following conditions must be met:

  • The cloud assistant client is installed on the target instance. For more information, see Configure the cloud assistant client.
  • The instance is in the Running state.
  • The network type of the instance is Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). For more information, see What is VPC?
  • If the instance is a Windows instance, it must be configured with the PowerShell module before you run PowerShell commands. For more information, see Installing Windows PowerShell.

Method 1: Call API actions in Alibaba Cloud CLI to use the cloud assistant



In this example, only the required parameters are set to their respective default values to call APIs. You can customize commands as needed. For example, you can customize WorkingDir and TimeOut when you create a command.

  1. Optional. Check the instance state. If the instance is not in the Running state, call the StartInstance API action to run the target instance.
    aliyun ecs StartInstance --InstanceId i-bp1g6zv0ce8ogXXXXXXp
  2. Optional. Call the DescribeCloudAssistantStatus API action to check whether the cloud assistant client is installed on the target instance.
    aliyun ecs DescribeCloudAssistantStatus --RegionId TheRegionId --InstanceId.1 i-bp1g6zv0ce8ogXXXXXXp --output cols=CloudAssistantStatus
    If the CloudAssistantStatus=true message is returned, it means that the cloud assistant client is installed on the target instance. If this message is not returned, call the InstallCloudAssistant API action to install the cloud assistant client.
  3. Call the CreateCommand API action to create a cloud assistant command named test. The script content is echo 123 and is in Base64-coded plain text.
    aliyun ecs CreateCommand --RegionId TheRegionId --CommandContent ZWNobyAxMjM= --Type RunShellScript --Name test --Description test --Output cols=CommandId
    The cloud assistant supports the following three command types:
    • Shell script (RunShellScript): supports Linux instances.
    • PowerShell script (RunPowerShellScript): supports Windows instances.
    • Bat script (RunBatScript): supports Windows instances.
    If the target instance is a Windows instance, change the Type parameter to RunBatScript or RunPowershellScript.
  4. Call the InvokeCommand API action to run the created cloud assistant command for one or more instances.
    aliyun ecs InvokeCommand --RegionId TheRegionId --InstanceId.1 i-bp1g6zv0ce8ogXXXXXXp --InstanceId.2 i-bp1g6zv0ce8ogXXXXXXp --CommandId your-command-id --Timed false --Output cols=InvokeId
    • Timed indicates whether the command is a periodical task. True means that it is a periodical task, while False means that it is not a periodical task.
    • If the command is a periodical task, you can set the Frequency. For example, 0 */20 * * * * means that the command is run every 20 minutes. For information about Cron expressions, see Cron expressions.
  5. Call the DescribeInvocations API action to view the command result. The InvokeId parameter is the ID returned when the command is run.
    aliyun ecs DescribeInvocations --RegionId TheRegionId --InvokeId your-invoke-id
    Note If the response parameter InvokeStatus is Finished, it means that the command process is completed, but the expected result may not be the actual result. You need to check the Output parameter in DescribeInvocationResults to view the actual command result.
  6. Call the DescribeInvocationResults API action to view the actual command result of the specified instance.
    aliyun ecs DescribeInvocationResults --RegionId TheRegionId --InstanceId i-bp1g6zv0ce8ogXXXXXXp --InvokeId your-invoke-id

Method 2: Call API actions in ECS Python SDK to use the cloud assistant


Example code

# coding=utf-8
# If the python sdk is not installed, run 'sudo pip install aliyun-python-sdk-ecs'.
# Make sure you're using the latest sdk version. Run 'sudo pip install --upgrade aliyun-python-sdk-ecs' to upgrade.

import json
import logging
import os
import time
import datetime
import base64
from aliyunsdkcore import client

from aliyunsdkecs.request.v20140526.CreateCommandRequest import CreateCommandRequest
from aliyunsdkecs.request.v20140526.InvokeCommandRequest import InvokeCommandRequest
from aliyunsdkecs.request.v20140526.DescribeInvocationResultsRequest import DescribeInvocationResultsRequest

# configuration the log output formatter, if you want to save the output to file,
# append ",filename='ecs_invoke.log'" after datefmt.
                    format='%(asctime)s %(filename)s[line:%(lineno)d] %(levelname)s %(message)s',
                    datefmt='%a, %d %b %Y %H:%M:%S',filename='aliyun_assist_openapi_test.log', filemode='w')
#access_key = 'Your Access Key Id'
#acess_key_secrect = 'Your Access Key Secrect'
#region_name = 'cn-shanghai'
#zone_id = 'cn-shanghai-b'

access_key = 'LTAIXXXXXXXXXXXX'  # Enter the actual AccessKey.
acess_key_secrect = '4dZXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX'  # Enter the actual AccessKey Secret.
region_name = 'cn-hangzhou'  # Enter the actual region name.
zone_id = 'cn-hangzhou-f'  # Enter the actual zone ID.

clt = client.AcsClient(access_key, acess_key_secrect, region_name)

def create_command(command_content, type, name, description):
    request = CreateCommandRequest()
    response = _send_request(request)
    if response is None:
        return None
    command_id = response.get('CommandId')
    return command_id;

def invoke_command(instance_id, command_id, timed, cronat):
    request = InvokeCommandRequest()
    InstanceIds = [instance_id]
    response = _send_request(request)
    invoke_id = response.get('InvokeId')
    return invoke_id;

def get_task_output_by_id(instance_id, invoke_id):"Check instance %s invoke_id is %s", instance_id, invoke_id)
    request = DescribeInvocationResultsRequest()
    response = _send_request(request)
    invoke_detail = None
    output = None
    if response is not None:
        result_list = response.get('Invocation').get('InvocationResults').get('InvocationResult')
        for item in result_list:
            invoke_detail = item
            output = base64.b64decode(item.get('Output'))
        return output;

def execute_command(instance_id):
    command_str = 'yum check-update'
    command_id = create_command(base64.b64encode(command_str), 'RunShellScript', 'test', 'test')
    if(command_id is None):'create command failed')

    invoke_id = invoke_command(instance_id, command_id, 'false', '')
    if(invoke_id is None):'invoke command failed')


    output = get_task_output_by_id(instance_id, invoke_id)
    if(output is None):'get result failed')
        return"output: %s is \n", output)

# send open api request
def _send_request(request):
        response_str = clt.do_action(request)
        response_detail = json.loads(response_str)
        return response_detail
    except Exception as e:

if __name__ == '__main__':

Method 3: Use the cloud assistant in the ECS console

For information on how to use the cloud assistant in the ECS console, see Create a script.

Related APIs

The cloud assistant provides the following APIs: