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Rackspace – Default Disk Partition Option Change

Hello, Starting October 1st, we will set the default Disk Partition option to “Manual” for all Linux base images. Currently, Linux Cloud Servers built using the API and/or the Cloud Control Panel use the “Automatic” Disk Partition option for disk partitioning during the build and resize processes. Adjusting the default option to “Manual” decreases the build times for servers, allowing you to be up and running faster. It is required to format and partition the extra disk space in order to make use of it. (This adjustment does not affect Windows or FreeBSD servers, which already use the Manual option by default and expand the disk using different mechanisms.) You will always be able to select the Disk Partition option that best meets your needs via the API or the Cloud Control Panel. As part of this change, we recommend that update your python-novaclient and any SDKs that you might be using in order to take advantage of all the API options. For additional information about automation, snapshots, and building servers, please see this FAQ article in the Knowledge Center. If you have any questions regarding the new disk configuration options, please contact your support team. Sincerely, Rackspace Phone Support (US): 1.877.934.0407 Phone Support (INTL): 1.210.581.0407 Core Cloud (UK): Freephone: 08000 546 345 or Tel: +44 20 8734 4345 Managed Cloud (UK): Freephone: 08000 546 645 or Tel: +44 20 8734 4445 Live Chat: https://mycloud.rackspace.com/ (select Live Chat) Building Cloud Servers via the Cloud Control Panel: As part of the … Continue reading

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Rackspace: Exit Rescue Mode

The Rackspace documentation says on exiting rescue server mode: Once you are done troubleshooting your system, you can exit Rescue Mode by clicking the link labeled Exit Rescue Mode in the Rackspace Cloud Control Panel under your Server Details page. I couldn’t seem to find the link. The solution? Visit the list of servers. Click the server name to go to the details page. And the most important key? Wait. It may take a few seconds (~10) before the “Exist Rescue Mode” box pops up with an option to quit recovery mode and reboot into normal server operations.

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How can I recover a crashed Rackspace Cloud Server?

I’m now starting to use Rackspace after a having a lot of experience with Amazon AWS and so I’m having a hard time understanding a few things about the way Rackspace works. One of these things is “Disaster Recovery” for a Rackspace “Cloud Server’s” primary drive primary drive. There is a lot of server terminology with Rackspace so for clarification I’m talking about the ones in the Cloud Servers control panel that are in this tab: So my point of confusion is this: If I screw up something big on AWS, like the /etc/fstab file and the server won’t boot, I can use the AWS control panel to get the console log: If I need to edit things on the primary drive I can “detatch” it from the instance and attach it to another server, and then access the files on it. I searched the Rackspace knowledge base and also read the Disaster Recovery blog post which mentions three ways of doing disaster recovery with Rackspace: Take regular snapshots and restore the instance from one of those Do manual file system and database backups to have a copy of your data NOT on the primary drive Replication with Manual Failover (seems like overkill) I also saw that it is possible to boot the server into “recovery mode” but I haven’t tried it yet. The way I’m planning on running my rackspace server is attaching another drive (aka Storage Volume) and putting all the application data on that. I am also … Continue reading

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10 Amazon EC2 Alternatives

Amazon EC2 Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is dersigned to make web-scale computing easier for developers. Amazon EC2’s simple web service interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon’s proven computing environment. Amazon EC2 reduces the time required to obtain and boot new server instances to minutes, allowing you to quickly scale capacity, both up and down, as your computing requirements change. Amazon EC2 changes the economics of computing by allowing you to pay only for capacity that you actually use. Amazon EC2 provides developers the tools to build failure resilient applications and isolate themselves from common failure scenarios. http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/ Digital Ocean Deploy an 512MB RAM and 20GB SSD cloud server in 55 seconds for $5/month. Simple, fast, scalable SSD cloud virtual servers. This competitor was recently featured on Uncrunched and the site boasted, “Digital Ocean v. AWS: 10x Performance For 1/3 Cost”. I am floored at how fast their servers are (if you know linux try doing something like du or updatedb or even find / -iname “*firefox*” – each command takes about 1 second! https://www.digitalocean.com/ Slicehost / Rackspace Create Cloud Virtual Servers in minutes and pay per usage. Get a Windows or Linux Cloud Server with root access. 1 to 50 servers in minutes. Choose a server size and pay for what you use. Accessible … Continue reading

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