Is it possible to change the instance type of an existing instance? If so, how?


Changing the instance type of an existing instance is something that you can do from RightScale if it is supported on the cloud in which the instance is running. All major public cloud providers support this behavior. In all cases, you must first stop the instance in question, then changes its instance type, then start it again.

For more details on behavior and limitations for each cloud, refer to the cloud provider documentation:

Automating instance type changes

The steps above can be automated by leveraging the Cloud Management API 1.5 directly, or via Cloud Workflow code. The relevant API calls to the above steps are:

Sample Cloud Workflow (RCL) code for the above is below, assuming that @instance refers to the instance in question:

sleep_until(@instance.state, /(provisioned|stopped)/)

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