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How to migrate Instances

Published on 26 May 2021

The Scaleway platform makes it very easy to migrate your data from one Instance to another, or upgrade your Instance to a more powerful one if your requirements grow. In this how-to, we will upgrade an Instance, migrating from a DEV1-S Instance to a GP1-XS Instance using the backup feature. The new GP1-XS Instance will have the same flexible IP as the original DEV1-S Instance.


How to back up the Instance

Follow the instructions to create a backup of your Instance.

How to create a new Instance from the backup

  1. Click Instances in the Compute section of the side menu. The Instances page displays.

  2. Click the Instance you created a backup of.

  3. Click the Backups and Images tab.

  4. Click «See more Icon» next to the Instance’s backup image.

  5. Select Create Instance from backup on the dropdown list. You are redirected to the Instance Creation Wizard, where the backup image has been preselected for you at step 2.

  6. Finish configuring the Instance according to your requirements. Notably:

    • You are free to choose your Instance type. We choose to create a GP1-XS Instance, upgrading from the DEV1-S on which the image was based.
    • Click Advanced Options and use the «Toogle Icon» toggle to deselect flexible IP. This creates the new Instance without a flexible IP, as we are going to attach the one from the existing Instance in the next step.
  7. Click Create a new Instance to finish. The Instance is created and shows in your Instances list.

How to move the flexible IP to the new Instance

Next, we will move the original DEV1-S Instance’s flexible IP address to the new GP1-XS Instance.

  1. Click Instances in the Compute section of the side menu. The Instances page displays.

  2. Click the Flexible IPs tab .

  3. Click «See more Icon» next to the DEV1-S’s flexible IP. In the pop-up menu that then displays, click Select another Instance.

  4. Select the GP1-XS Instance from the drop-down list, and click Attach this flexible IP.

    The new Instance is now reachable via the old Instance’s flexible IP.

How to delete the old Instance

Presuming that you no longer require the original DEV1-S Instance, you can delete it by following these instructions

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