Rebooting, Deleting, Rebuilding, Resizing


From time to time you may find the need to reboot your instance. Whether due to a software install or upgrade, or as part of a troubleshooting task. Below are a number of ways you can reboot your instance.

From the ssh command line

You can use the Linux command shutdown from your ssh command line. During shutdown and reboot your ssh-connection will be broken, but after successful rebooting you can reconnect to your instance. The command for rebooting from the command line is given below:

$ sudo shutdown -r now

You will typically need sudo-elevation to use the shutdown-command. You ask for a reboot using the -r argument. And you can indicate when you want the shutdown/reboot to take place. We’re using “now”.

It typically takes a minute or so for an instance to be accessible again. In this time you won’t be able to connect.

An example is shown here:

me@local:~$ ssh debian@
debian@acme-analysis:~$ sudo shutdown -r now
Connection to closed by remote host.
Connection to closed.
me@local:~$ ssh debian@
ssh: connect to host port 22: Connection refused
me@local:~$ ssh debian@

From the instances tab

You can reboot your instances from the Nectar Dashboard Instances page.

Action Menu Reboot options

Choose from Soft Reboot Instance and Hard Reboot Instance.

With a soft reboot, the operating system is signaled to restart, which allows for a graceful shutdown of all processes. A hard reboot is the equivalent of power cycling the server.

From the instance vnc-console

You can also restart the instance from the Console in the Console tab on the Instance Detail page for your instance. Use the button Send CtrlAltDel send the reboot request. This option is useful in the unlikely event you need recovery options.

Console Send Ctrl-Alt-Del