This blog post will show you how you can increase the memory and CPU allocation of an Ubuntu Server (Droplet) on Digital Ocean.
Before you begin, ensure you have backed up your server. You can read here about setting up a new server on Digital Ocean from scratch, connecting to your server via SCP or automatically syncing files away from your server to another server with rsync .
In Jan 2018 Digital Ocean doubled the ram of $5/m servers from 512MB to 1GB so it’s time for me to get the free upgrade.
Connect to your server (via SSH or Web Console) and shut it down
shutdown -h now
After the server has shut down login to digital Ocean GUI and click (open) the server you want to upgrade.
Click Resize and choose the new upgraded server capacity
Click Resize (if the resize button is disabled you need to power off the server (via command line or via the power menu in Digital Ocean for the Droplet))
Click the Power On button under the Access tab when the resize is completed to restart the VM.
Congratulations, you will now have an upgraded server 🙂 Thank You Digital Ocean for the free RAM.
Hope this helps someone.
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