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Managing Volumes With Your Cloud / VPS Server

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There may come a time where you will run out of storage space for your sites content, or simply need more space to hold your files. With the introduction of our Cloud VPS plans, you are able to Add external volumes to the VPS that will act as another drive with the VPS. This can be used to increase the disk space without upgrading your local disk space to the next level of resources.

Where To Manage The Volumes For Your VPS

Step One: From the Hostwinds Client area, navigate through to Cloud Control -> Cloud Portal. This will take you to a management page for your Cloud VPSs.

The Cloud Portal link in the Client Area

Step Two: On the list of your Active VPSs, select the one that you would like to manage the Volumes for.

Selecting server

Step Three: Select the Volumes tab above the VPS information.

Cloud Control Volumes VPS Button Location

This will show you the Active volumes that are attached to the VPS, as well as other Volumes that are able to be attached. If there are no volumes available, there will be nothing in this list.

Cloud Control Volumes VPS Available Volumes Example

How To Attach A Volume

Step One: From the Volumes page as detailed above, there will be a list of Available Volumes that can be attached. From the list, next to the Volume you would like to attach, select Actions -> Attach Volume

Cloud Control Volumes VPS Actions Attach Volume

Step Two: After clicking on Attach Volume, there will be a dialog box that pops up to confirm the change. This is because it will Shutdown the instance while it attaches the Volume. Make sure that you have saved any open applications before doing this. Click Confirm when you are ready to proceed

Cloud Control Volumes VPS Attach Volume Dialog Box

Step Three: After the Confirm is selected, the process of Attaching the volume will start. This can take a few moments to complete. However once complete should display a success message at the top. You will also notice that the Volume will now be showing as attached

How To Detach An Attached Volume

Step One: From the page where you see the list of attached volumes, there will now be a New action under the Actions menu. Navigate to Actions -> Detach Volume for the volume that you would like to remove from the VPS

Cloud Control Volumes VPS Attached Volume Detach Option

Step Two: After selecting Detach Volume, you will receive a confirmation dialog that pops up. Similar to attaching a Volume, the VPS will be rebooted while it detaches the volume. Click Confirm when you are ready to proceed

Cloud Control Volumes VPS Detach Volume Dialog Box

Step Three: After a few moments, the Volume should now be available again, and viewable from the list of Available Volumes.

How To Delete A Volume

Step One: As long as the Volume is not attached to a VPS, there will be the option available to Delete the volume. Select Actions -> Delete Volume next to the Volume that you would like to have deleted.

Cloud Control Volumes VPS Actions Delete Volume

Step Two: There will be a confirmation dialog pop up to confirm this. As once the Volume is deleted the volume and any of its contents will be unable to be retrieved. Once you are ready, select Confirm.

Cloud Control Volumes VPS Delete Volume Dialog Box

Step Three: It may take a few moments depending on how large the Volume is, though once the Volume has been deleted, it should no longer appear in the list of Available volumes. (May require a refresh of the page to see)

Related Articles

  • Cloud Server Overview – A great overview on the Cloud Server Products that are currently offered.
  • Volume Management – How to create and manage Volumes from the Cloud Portal, unspecific to any VPS

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