Compared with manual renewal, auto-renewal helps minimize management costs and prevent service interruptions of Elastic Compute Service (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 instance has not expired.

Background information

When you enable the auto-renewal feature, take note of the following items:
  • The first auto-renewal date and billing cycle are calculated based on the expiration date of the instance.
  • You can select the auto-renewal duration for your instance. For example, if you select three months, ECS renews your instance for three months each time before it expires.
  • If you have manually renewed an instance before the renewal payment is deducted, the auto-renewal operation is not performed during the current billing cycle.
  • If the renewal payment cannot be deducted, the system sends a notification to the email address that is bound to your account. To ensure that your business remains available, check your email and handle the messages in a timely manner.

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

Enable auto-renewal on the instance buy page

The following figure shows how to enable auto-renewal on the instance buy page (also called instance creation page). For information about how to create an 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 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. Use one of the following methods to enable auto-renewal:
    • To enable auto-renewal for a single instance, find instance and choose More > Instance Settings > Configure Auto-renewal in the Actions column.
    • To enable auto-renewal for one or more instances simultaneously, 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 instances or change the renewal duration.

  1. Log on to the ECS console.
  2. In the top navigation bar, choose Expenses > Renew Management.
  3. For Instances, select ECS (Subscription) - International Site.
  4. Click the Manual tab.
    If some instances are set not to renew, click the Nonrenewal tab to modify the configuration.
  5. Use one of the following methods to enable auto-renewal:
    • To enable auto-renewal for a single instance, find the instance and click Enable Auto Renewal in the Actions column.
    • To enable auto-renewal for one or more instances simultaneously, 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 instances are displayed on the Auto tab, auto-renewal is enabled for them.