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Stop VM Instances Actions
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Written by Matt Houser
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The Stop VM Instances action can be used to stop one or more Google Compute VM instances at a specific time of day. Once the instances have been stopped, they can optionally be restarted after they have been stopped for a specific amount of time.

For example, 5 instances can be stopped at 8pm and restarted 12 hours later with a single Stop VM Instances action.


Please see Common Action Settings for a description of settings common to all action types.


Indicates the method in which the VM instances will be selected. Possible options include:

  • All Instances

  • By Instance Name

  • By Comparison Filters

Instance Names

Specifies the list of VM instance names that are to be stopped. List names one per line.

Instance Name Comparisons

This is a list of comparisons against the instance name. All comparisons must match for a cluster to be selected.

Label Comparison

This is a list of comparisons against labels on the instances. All comparisons must match for a cluster to be selected.

Restart the Instances

Indicate whether the instances should be automatically restarted later. The restart time of the instances must also be specified if this is checked.

Time Before Restart

Indicate the length of time the instances should be stopped before they are restarted. This value is only required if "Restart the Instances" is checked.

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