Example: How to Use AWS Instance Scheduler to Automatically Start and Stop EC2 instances

Go to your Amazon DynamoDB console and click Tables. There will be 2 tables, <stack-name>-ConfigTable and <stack-name>-StateTable. We will make some changes only on ConfigTable. You can find a lot of sampe config inside.

Or you can go from
  1. CloudFormation
  2. Stacks
  3. Scheduler Created by you
from 
Resources, click ConfigTable.


First, we need to create a Period that defines the time(s) the instance should run. Pick one of the sample Period and click Action > Duplicate.

A popup will appear and you can change everything you need like (more options in the docs):
  • begintime, instance start time (24-hour format),
  • description,
  • endtime, instance stop time (24-hour format),
  • name, period name (need to be unique),
  • weekdays, days of the week the instance will run.
  • then click Save.
Then create a Schedule, that specify when instances should run. Pick one of the sample schedule and click Action > Duplicate.

A popup will appear and you can change everything you need like (more options in the docs):
  • description,
  • name, must unique because it will be used as tag value on the tagged resource,
  • periods, must at least 1 period to be used to defines time(s) the instance should run,
  • timezone,
  • then click Save.
Now you need to tag all of your instances that will be affected by the scheduler.



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