Local boot option on Virtual Cloud Instances

This page shows you how to switch between the local boot and the bootscript option on a virtual cloud instance.


Scaleway virtual cloud instances are now using the local boot option by default, instead of by using a Bootscript.

Kernels and Initrd are installed directly on the volume, which allows you to use the distribution kernel or any customized kernel of your choice.

To switch to local boot, you will need to re-create your server with one of our new local boot compatible images.
All newly created x86 Cloud Instances will use a local kernel by default. Previously created servers do not support local boot and can’t use this feature!

Bootscripts are still available, for example, to boot your server into rescue mode to debug your server.

How to switch the boot option

Note: Local boot is currently available for all our x86_64 based virtual cloud instances. It will become available for our ARM64 virtual cloud instances in a few days.

Important: Local boot is only available for virtual cloud instances. It is not possible to use it with BareMetal instances, as the volume is not accessible during the boot process.

To switch between the local boot and bootscript options, go to the status page of your server and click on the Advanced Settings tab.

To enable the local boot option, click on Use local boot.

To disable the local boot option and to boot your server by using a bootscript, click on Use bootscript and Select the bootscript you want to use.

local boot options

To boot your server into rescue mode in case you need to debug your server, choose the rescue bootscript from the list of available bootscripts and reboot your server from the management console.

Important: If you use CentOS or Fedora and don’t disable SELinux on the instance from within rescue, your instance will not reboot successfully because SELinux labels will be corrupted.

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