Ubuntu and other updates - is this droplet instance duplication method going to work OK?

November 26, 2013 1.6k views
Got some large-ish updates to do, including nginx, updating PHP to 5.5 and updating my forum software. My plan is: Make a snapshot. Launch a new instance of that snapshot under temporary hostname, do all the updates, then just point the DNS at the new instance and kill the old instance. Can anyone see any problems with this plan? Also, I see AMS is being updated tomorrow - should I wait for AMS2 and see if my new droplet can be created there? Will it be any faster? (Not that there's any problem with my current droplet speed!)
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That sounds like a good plan. :]

Also, I see AMS is being updated tomorrow - should I wait for AMS2 and see if my new droplet can be created there? Will it be any faster? (Not that there's any problem with my current droplet speed!)

There shouldn't be any speed difference. However, we will also support private networking in AMS2. Therefore, if you need that feature, I recommend waiting until AMS2 is publicly available.
Great plan! Another equally good (and, less expensive) way to go about it is to develop locally with Vagrant on top of VirtualBox.

If you're interested in learning more, check out Why & How-To Set Up a WordPress Local-Development Environment With Vagrant (while the article is not the exact same situation you're planning for, it does present a100% analogous use case that could be of benefit to you).
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Learn a bunch about setting up a WordPress local-dev environment with Vagrant.
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