I need my droplet UP/ON only between 9am to 5pm on weekdays. Is there a way to automate?

July 26, 2017 908 views
Getting Started Configuration Management Ubuntu 16.04

No one uses the server after hours so I’d like to schedule my OS to shut down every day at 5 pm. In this scenario, I am assuming you will charge only the time the server is up and running. Am I correct?

1 Answer
jonleibowitz July 26, 2017
Accepted Answer

Your virtual server will still be billable even in a powered-off state (https://www.digitalocean.com/help/pricing-and-billing/general/).

A better approach for your use-case would be to perform a snapshot of a virtual server configured in a way that you desire and to create Droplets on demand from your pre-configured template. Hashicorp’s Packer (https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-create-digitalocean-snapshots-using-packer-on-ubuntu-16-04) is a great tool for building templates. DigitalOcean’s API can be used to create and destroy Droplets on demand.

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