You can stop and start your instance if it has an Amazon EBS volume as its root device. The instance retains its instance ID, but can change as described in the Overview section. When you stop an instance, we shut it down. We don't charge usage for a stopped instance, or data transfer fees, but we do charge for the storage for any Amazon EBS volumes. Each time you start a stopped instance we charge a minimum of one minute for usage. After one minute, we charge only for the seconds you use. For example, if you run an instance for 20 seconds and then stop it, we charge for a full one minute. If you run an instance for 3 minutes and 40 seconds, we charge for exactly 3 minutes and 40 seconds of usage. While the instance is stopped, you can treat its root volume like any other volume, and modify it for example, repair file system problems or update software. You just detach the volume from the stopped instance, attach it to a running instance, make your changes, detach it from the running instance, and then reattach it to the stopped instance.
What happens when you stop an instance
Doing so stops the EC2 instance, but the instance remains in the stack. You can restart it by clicking start in the instance's Actions column. If you no longer need an instance and want to remove it from the stack, you can delete it, which removes the instance from the stack and terminates the associated Amazon EC2 instance. If an instance belongs to multiple layers, you can delete the instance from the stack or just remove a particular layer. You can also remove layers from instances by editing the instance configuration, as described in Editing the Instance Configuration. For example, if auto healing is enabled and you terminate an instance by using the Amazon EC2 console, AWS OpsWorks Stacks treats the terminated instance as a failed instance and launches another Amazon EC2 instance to replace it. For more information, see Using Auto Healing. On the Instances page, locate the instance under the appropriate layer. If the instance is running, click stop in the Actions column. After the status changes to stopped , click delete.
What happens when you terminate an instance
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If you ran an EC2 instance at the beginning of the month, but you stopped or terminated it later, your bill will include charges for the time that the instance was running. You terminated your instances, but you still have EC2 resources provisioned to your account. The Elastic Compute Cloud line item in your bill includes resources other than instances. EC2 instances are often used along with other EC2 resources, such as the following:. Then, open the Amazon EC2 console and terminate or delete any resources that you don't need. You terminated your instances in one Region, but you have instances running in another Region. Check that service's documentation for more information on terminating these resources. If you're unsure which service or resource is launching instances on your account, contact AWS Support for help. Reserved Instances are billed each month for each hour in a given month until the end of the Reserved Instance contract. If you're no longer using an instance type, modify any applicable Reserved Instances to sizes that suit your current use case.