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

Posted July 26, 2017 1.1k views
Getting StartedConfiguration ManagementUbuntu 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?

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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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