An Instance is a running virtual machine that has been created in a cloud supplier and it has been bootstrapped a server configuration.

Types of Instances

Testing Instances

When you create a testing instance you are creating a server that will be auto-destroyed after certain amount of time. This makes sense you are, for example, creating demo servers or testing environments. You will never forget an instance running in your infrastructure never again!

Production Instances

The production instances are the ones that will perdure in time. If you are orchestrating infrastructure you can assign a version to those servers.

Orchestrating instances

Manageacloud allows you to orchestrate in different ways to cover different use cases.

Web interface

You can deploy a server configuration into a testing instance by clicking a single button, or a production instance by following a three steps wizard.

Deploying from the web interface is only available from the SaaS.

Command Line

You can bootstrap a server configuration from the command line. The following example installs nginx in a testing instance:

mac instance create -b "apt-get install nginx -y" -r ubuntu:trusty

However, you might prefer to create a production instance:

mac instance create -b "apt-get install nginx -y" -r ubuntu:trusty -d production

If you are using Manageacloud Business or Start-Up, you can create a server configuration and invoke it when creating a new server instance:

mac instance create -c my_server_configuration -r ubuntu:trusty

If you are using Manageacloud Business or Start-Up you can decouple the commands from the mac cli by using server configurations. You can list your server configurations:

mac configuration list

You can learn more about how to use the command line interface by reading the Mac cli documentation reference

Using a trigger

A trigger is a container running Ubuntu 14.04 that allows you to execute a set of arbitrary bash commands. A trigger is executed after a POST to an url is performed. For example, imagine that you want to deploy an brand new instance with an nginx server every time you perform a POST into an URL. The following trigger creates a brand new server with nginx installed:

set -x # view commands

# configure mac cli credentials
export MAC_USER=my_user
export MAC_APIKEY=my_api_key

# create the instance
mac instance create -b "apt-get install nginx -y" -r ubuntu:trusty

Then you can invoke the trigger:

curl -X POST

Learn more about triggers by reading the full documentation.

Listing instances

You can list instances by via web interface or executing the following command:

mac instance list

Destroying instances

You can destroy instances by clicking a button from the web interface or by executing:

mac instance destroy my_instance_id

Updating instances

You can update the instances in three different ways

Using the original server configuration

You re-run the bootstrap server configuration by executing from the cli:

mac instance update my_instance_id

Using a new server configuration

You can run a new server configuration in the instance executing:

mac instance update my_instance_id -c my_server_configuration

Executing a new bash script

You can execute a new command in the instance executing:

mac instance update my_instance_id -b 'apt-get update && apt-get install nginx -y'

When you are bootstrapping a script (-b parameter) you can define the commands directly, use a file or a URL.

Instances credentials

You can access to the instances by two different ways

Using the original credentials

Manageacloud creates a set of credentials that allows to access to the server to execute commands. You can use those credentials to access the server:

mac instance ssh my_instance_id

Installing your own credentials

You can use your configuration management system to install your own credentials (eg ssh keys) allowing you to access the servers using your favourite way.

Removing Manageacloud default credentials

Manageacloud will install a set of credentials to allow to manage the server. Those credentials are used every time we want make an operation via SSH such as updating server configurations.

You can remove the default credentials. However, it will disable certain functionality at Manageacloud.