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We make it easy to upgrade or downgrade your Linode VPS by changing plans and adding additional resources. If you're expecting a temporary burst of traffic to your website, or if you're not using your VPS as much as you thought, you can temporarily or permanently resize your Linode to a different plan. You can also make smaller changes to your Linode by adding extras, like RAM or storage space.

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Resizing Your Linode

You can move your Linode from one plan to another by using the resize feature. To complete the resizing process, your Linode will be powered off and migrated to a different host in the same data center. Your data, configuration profiles, and IP addresses will be all be moved to the new host. Please note that the migration will take approximately 2-3 minutes per gigabyte of data.

Note

If you're downgrading your plan, verify that your disk images are using less space than the new plan provides. For instructions on resizing disk images, see Manage Linode Disk Images.

Here's how to resize your Linode:

  1. Log in to the Linode Manager.
  2. Click the Linodes tab. A list of your virtual private servers appears.
  3. Select a Linode from the list.
  4. Click the Resize tab. The webpage shown below appears.
The Linode Manger interface.
  1. Select a plan.
  2. Click Resize this Linode Now. Your Linode will be powered off and moved to another host. Depending on the size of your Linode, this process can take up to one hour.
  3. Once the migration completes, your Linode will still be powered off. From the Dashboard tab, click Boot to turn it on.

Your Linode has been successfully resized and migrated to the new host.

Adding Extras

If you only need to add a single extra resource, such as additional RAM or storage, you can purchase it and add it to your account as an extra. Extras can be added to your Linode at anytime, and the changes are effective immediately. Here are the extras available:

Note

Due to the impending exhaustion of the IPv4 address space, Linode requires users to provide a technical justification for extra IP addresses. Please contact support with your justification.

Here's how to add extras:

  1. Click the Linodes tab. A list of your virtual private servers appears.
  2. Select a Linode from the list.
  3. Click the Extras tab. The webpage shown below appears.
The Linode Manger interface.
  1. Use the drop-down menus to add additional RAM, storage, bandwidth, and IP addresses.
  2. Click Add these packages to add the extras. The Complete Your Order webpage appears.
  3. Click Complete Order to purchase the extras. The extras are added to your account.
  4. Click the Dashboard tab.
  5. Click Reboot to allocate the new resources to your Linode.

Note

If you added disk space, you will need to resize the disk images to take advantage of the new space. For instructions on resizing disk images, see Manage Linode Disk Images.

Active extras will appear in the Existing Extras section at the bottom of the Extras webpage.

Removing Extras

You can remove extras from your account at anytime. Here's how:

  1. Click the Linodes tab. A list of your virtual private servers appears.
  2. Select a Linode from the list.
  3. Click the Extras tab.
  4. To remove an extra service, select the Remove link next to the extra line item.
  5. A warning appears asking if you would like to remove the extra. Click Confirm - Remove it! The extra will be removed.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 to remove other extra services.

You will be issued a prorated service credit for the time left in the current billing period. This credit may be used to purchase additional Linode services in the future. Service credit is always used before charging the credit card on file for ongoing service.

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This guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.

Last edited by Matthew Cone on Friday, June 1st, 2012 (r2891).