You can stop and start an instance as needed to update software or resolve error conditions.
For steps to manage the lifecycle state of instances in an instance pool, see Stopping and Starting the Instances in an Instance Pool.
Stopping or Restarting an Instance From Within the Instance
In addition to using the API and Console, you can stop and restart instances using the commands available in the operating system when you are logged in to the instance. Stopping an instance from within the instance does not stop billing for that instance. If you stop an instance this way, be sure to also stop it from the Console or API.
Required IAM Policy
To use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, you must be given the required type of access in a An IAM document that specifies who has what type of access to your resources. It is used in different ways: to mean an individual statement written in the policy language; to mean a collection of statements in a single, named "policy" document (which has an Oracle Cloud ID (OCID) assigned to it); and to mean the overall body of policies your organization uses to control access to resources. written by an administrator, whether you're using the Console or the REST API with an SDK, CLI, or other tool. If you try to perform an action and get a message that you don’t have permission or are unauthorized, confirm with your administrator the type of access you've been granted and which A collection of related resources that can be accessed only by certain groups that have been given permission by an administrator in your organization. you should work in.
For administrators: The policy in Let users launch Compute instances includes the ability to stop or start an existing instance. If the specified group doesn't need to launch instances or attach volumes, you could simplify that policy to include only
manage instance-family, and remove the statements involving
If you're new to policies, see Getting Started with Policies and Common Policies. If you want to dig deeper into writing policies for instances, cloud networks, or other Core Services API resources, see Details for the Core Services.
When an underlying Oracle Cloud Infrastructure component needs to undergo maintenance, you are notified in advance of the impact to your VM instances. If your VM instances are scheduled for a maintenance reboot, you can proactively reboot, or stop and start your instances using the Console, API, or CLI at any time before the scheduled reboot. This allows you to control how and when your applications experience downtime. Customer-managed VM maintenance is supported on standard and GPU instance shapes. This includes Oracle-provided platform images or custom images imported from outside of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
To identify VM instances that can be proactively rebooted using the Console, check the Maintenance Reboot field for the instance. If the instance has a maintenance reboot scheduled and can be proactively rebooted, this field displays the date and start time for the reboot. To check this using the API, use the
timeMaintenanceRebootDue field for the Instance. For VM instances with a boot volume, additional iSCSI block volume attachments, and a single VNIC, you can proceed to reboot, or stop and start the instance. If you have non-iSCSI (paravirtualized or emulated) block volume attachments or secondary VNICs, you need to first detach these resources before you reboot your instance.
When you reboot, or stop and start the instance, it will be migrated to a different physical VM host. Once the Maintenance Reboot field is blank, the instance will no longer be impacted by the maintenance event. If you choose not to reboot before the scheduled time, then Oracle Cloud Infrastructure will reboot and migrate your instances within a 24-hour period after the scheduled time.
To make it easier to locate and perform these actions on your VM instances, you can use Search with a predefined query to find all instances that have a maintenance reboot scheduled.
In the Console, append "/a/query" to the end of your base Console URL. For example, https://console.us-ashburn-1.oraclecloud.com/a/query.
Click Select Sample Query, and then click Query for all instances which have an upcoming scheduled maintenance.
Resource Billing for Stopped Instances
For both VM and bare metal instances, billing depends on the shape that you use to create the instance:
- Standard shapes: Stopping an instance pauses billing. However, stopped instances continue to count toward your service limits.
- Dense I/O shapes: Billing continues for stopped instances because of the attached NVMe storage, and related resources continue to count toward your service limits. To halt billing and remove related resources from your service limits, you must terminate the instance.
- GPU shapes: Billing continues for stopped instances and related resources continue to count towards your service limits. To halt billing and remove related resources from your service limits, you must terminate the instance.
- HPC shapes: Billing continues for stopped instances because of the attached NVMe storage, and related resources continue to count toward your service limits. To halt billing and remove related resources from your service limits, you must terminate the instance.
Stopping an instance from within the instance does not stop billing for that instance. If you stop an instance this way, be sure to also stop it from the Console or API.
- Open the navigation menu. Under Core Infrastructure, go to Compute and click Instances.
- Click the instance that you want to stop or start.
Click one of the following actions:
- Start: Restarts a stopped instance. After the instance is restarted, the Stop action is enabled.
- Stop: Shuts down the instance. After the instance is powered off, the Start action is enabled.
- Reboot: Shuts down the instance, and then restarts it.
Using the API
For information about using the API and signing requests, see REST APIs and Security Credentials. For information about SDKs, see Software Development Kits and Command Line Interface.
Use the InstanceAction operation to restart an instance.
The following actions are only available using the API: