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How would you automate the creation and destruction of droplets?

Posted April 2, 2018 4.9k views
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Connected to this question: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/questions/can-you-make-an-erlang-cluster-with-digitalocean-droplets

How would you automate the create and destruction of droplets? Every time one is created they automatically have certain packages installed, perhaps using packer, and then get added to an erlang cluster. How might I go about all of this?

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You can use a tool such as doctlhttps://github.com/digitalocean/doctl and some shell scripts

Another solution is to use Hashicorp’s Terraform - https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-use-terraform-with-digitalocean

by Mitchell Anicas
by Brian Hogan
Terraform is a tool for building and managing infrastructure in an organized way. In this tutorial, you'll install and use Terraform to create an infrastructure on DigitalOcean that consists of two Nginx servers that are load balanced by a DigitalOcean Load Balancer.

We use our own automation platform, Tines, for management of our Digital Ocean Droplet automation. We create/delete droplets, add/remove tags, manage DNS and more. It works great! We wrote about how we do it in the below blog post. If you’d like to know more I’m happy to talj through the details - feel free to send me a DM.

https://tines.io/blog/automating-trial-creation/

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