This article explains how to get started with our server scheduling functionality for Amazon EC2 and RDS resources to optimize AWS costs.
To get started with Server Scheduling, click on +NEW SCHEDULE from the main CloudRanger dashboard, or choose SERVER SCHEDULES from the left-hand menu.
The first step is to give your new schedule a name and description that will be relevant, and then choose the time zone where you would like your schedule to run.
On/Off - Server scheduling
‘On/Off Schedule’: Simply click and drag to create or edit your server ON times. In this example, we have set up our schedule to have servers on between 8 am - 6 pm, Monday to Friday.
On Only - Server schedules
‘On Schedule’: Click the appropriate time and edit your server ON times. In this example, we have set up our schedule to have servers turn on every morning at 8:05am, Monday to Friday.
Off Only - Server schedules
‘Off Schedule’: Click the appropriate time and edit your server OFF times. In this example, we have set up our schedule to have servers turn on every evening at 6:10pm, Monday to Friday.
Reboot Only - Server schedules
‘Reboot Schedule’: Click the appropriate time and edit your server REBOOT times. In this example, we have set up our schedule to have servers turn reboot on a Sunday night at 11:15pm.
All of the above server actions can be implemented in the same Server Schedule.
Once you are happy with your schedules, you can then choose to search for the Instance IDs you would like to apply to this schedule or choose to apply this schedule to instances with specific Instance Tags.
Once you have applied your schedule to your chosen instances, then you can click on the Save Schedule button and you are good to go!
Start or stop servers on demand
Also, resources that are applied to a ‘SERVER SCHEDULE’ can be started or stopped on demand, by selecting the checkbox of your Server and using the ‘START’ or ‘STOP’ controls, see image below:
When are these features useful?
These features are extremely useful for AWS customers who are currently running any non-production servers 24/7. By setting up automated server schedules for your Amazon and RDS databases to run during business hours only, this can save you up to 70% on your AWS monthly bills for these resources.