OVHcloud provides our customers with a wide array of options for managing their public cloud instances. In this article, we will go over some of the various options available to our customers in the instance's menu shown below:
- Display Monitoring
- Switch to Monthly Subscription
- Create a Snapshot
- VNC Console
- Reboot in Rescue Mode
The first option we will cover in this article is the Display monitoring button. This button will allow you to view the resources currently being consumed by the public cloud instance.
Each option you click will bring up a screen with a graph and more details about your usage. For example, below is the graph for traffic.
Switch to Monthly Subscription
If an instance was created with hourly billing selected, you can always switch it to monthly billing, which over an extended period of time it will be less expensive. To do so, click the Switch to monthly subscription button, followed by the Confirm button from the pop-up.
Create a Snapshot
The Create a snapshot button allows the user to create a snapshot backup; a copy of the entire file system of an instance.
Note: There is not a charge for the snapshot backup itself. However, because the snapshot is stored outside of a customer's public cloud, there is a monthly charge for the storage a snapshot consumes.
The VNC console button enables you to access your server without using SSH or RDP.
For more information about the VNC console, please check out our Accessing a Public Cloud Instance via VNC article.
Reboot in Rescue Mode
If configuration changes are made to an instance that renders it inaccessible, you can access the instance via Rescue Mode. To do so, click the Reboot in rescue mode button and you will be taken to the following screen:
You can choose from a wide variety of Linux flavors in the "My image" drop-down menu or you can use the default option, "Made-in-OVH Rescue Distribution". Once you have selected your image, click the Start button to proceed, and you will see the following screen:
Regardless of whether you use the randomly generated password or the SSH key you configured on the instance, you will have to use the "root" username in the Rescue Mode environment.
Note: If you choose to use the same SSH key to access your Rescue Mode environment that you use to access the instance normally, bear in mind that the SSH key fingerprint will have changed. As a result, you will need to clear your local
known_hosts file for the key to authenticate.
There are two options for rebooting your instance - Soft reboot and Hard reboot. A soft reboot request that all running processes complete their current task and terminate. A hard reboot forces all running processes to terminate immediately without giving them an opportunity to complete any active tasks.
Warning: A hard reboot should only be performed when a soft reboot is not an option as a hard reboot prevents the OS from properly shutting down. This can result in data loss or corruption.
Managing a public cloud instance with OVHcloud is a seamless process via the OVHcloud Manager. For more information about various tasks you can perform using Public Cloud Services, please check out the Public Cloud Services section.