DO Ideas 2

Server reinstall, install the droplet yourself and other little suggestions.

I have a few suggestions’;

Make it possible to do a reinstall not only when you create the droplet but also when the droplet is already deployed. This way you don’t have to destroy your server just to reinstall it and it looks nicer on the invoice.

It would also be nice if you could install your droplet yourself (through noVNC or similar) instead of just an image being deployed. I like the full control over my own servers.

It is already been suggested and I know that it is also already on the roadmap. But the time has come that we need IPv6. In fact to be honest; Digital Ocean is the only VPS provider out of a few that I use for my servers that does not have a working IPv6 connection. (Are there by the way al plans of how big a block each customer gets? /64 don’t let I be just one IPv6 adres!)

The last suggestion is that of the control panel. I know there is a beta in the process and I love the design and the new features. (Especially love the API!) But improve the time it take to do some actions. I don’t think it is the fault of the Control Panel of the underlying systems but 1080 (18 minutes!) seconds to take a snapshot is way too long. The biggest pain is that you don’t get much feedback of where the process is and how long it going to take.

Keep up the good work guys!!

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  • Sep 11 2018
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  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 18:39

    Now that we've deployed the new CP you can reinstall the server using rebuild, a couple of the other items you mentioned have existing requests so we are going to close this one out so that you can get your votes back to up vote the others.


  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 18:39

    Thanks for the feedback, I think there are a couple of open requests dealing with a couple of the items you mentioned.

    The new control panel has the new rebuild feature which allows you to select any image including your snapshots to rebuild a droplet from, which I think addresses the primary item you pointed out.

    We will be rolling out IPv6 starting most likely with our AMS datacenter and we expect that to be in production in the next 2 quarters.

    We have played around with ISO installs the only issue is depending on how the installation is performed it may limit some of the functionality that we currently provide. Specifically restoring from snapshots or otherwise, so if you feel comfortable managing your own backup process and not relying on the built in tools we can look into providing that in the future.

    As for the actions we do not to provide better metrics on the time certain events take and in the case of snapshots it takes a while because the data is being written and copied over to storage systems, we are looking into backgrounding this process for different droplets, but we aren't there yet. We hope though that by the end of the year that will be the case, in which case even if the process takes 18 minutes it will be running transparently in the background and not have an impact on the virtual server.