Last updated on: 2020-12-11
Authored by: Rackspace Community
If you have a cloud boot-from-volume server that is reaching its capacity limit, instead of adding to your existing limit, you can increase the size of the volume without building a new virtual machine(VM) or adding disks that give you alternate storage points.
This article shows you how to detach the boot volume, clone it to a larger size, and then swap the volumes out and boot the VM.
Before you detach the volume that contains the operating system (OS), you need to shut off the VM.
To perform this action, use Secure Shell (SSH) and Remote Desktop (RDP) to log in to the server, then shut it down by using its respective shutdown method.
After you shut off the server, it displays in the Rackspace Cloud Control Panel as Shutoff.
Use the following steps to size up the volume:
In the Cloud Control Panel, click Select a Product > Rackspace Cloud.
In the top navigation bar, select Storage > Block Storage Volumes.
Find the volume that was the system disk for your server.
Note: It might have a name similar to System disk for 0123abcd-1988-4eva-bad2-dabone987, or the name might be something unique.
Click the gear icon next to the volume, then select Clone Volume.
In the window that appears, enter the Name, Region, Type, and Size that you want to use for the cloned volume, then click Clone Volume.
When the volume is ready, you receive a notification, and the status bar to the left of the volume name on the Block Storage Volumes page displays as green.
In the Cloud Control Panel, run the Reboot command.
After the VM is in Active status, you can log in to the VM again by using SSH and RDP or the Emergency Console.
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