Shut down a server

  • Last updated on: 2018-10-25
  • Authored by: Rackspace Support

A common use case for shutting down a server is to determine whether the server is still actively in use. Sometimes shutting down a server is the quickest and easiest way to make this determination. Shutting down the server does not end the charges for the server. As long as the server is utilizing resources, it continues to accrue charges.

Use the following commands to shut down a server:

  • Linux: shutdown -h now
  • Windows: Open a command prompt and run shutdown

These commands shut down the server, and the server no longer accepts connections. This enables you to determine if the server is still actively used.

After you know if the server is being used, you can determine your next steps. If the server is not being used, you might be able to remove it. If you want to save the content on the server, you can use Cloud Images and Cloud Backups to back up your content into Cloud Files before removing the server from the account.

If the server is actively used, you should bring it back online. You can do this by rebooting the server from the Cloud Control Panel by using the following steps:

  1. Log in to the Cloud Control Panel.
  2. In the top navigation bar, click Select a Product > Rackspace Cloud.
  3. Select Servers > Cloud Servers.
  4. Click the action cog next to the server that you want to reboot and select Reboot.

This brings your server back online.

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