Your First Instance: Taking A Snapshot

Take a Template Snapshot

Time Required: 5 Minutes (Mostly waiting for snapshot generation)

Once you've completed the Initial Server Setup, shutdown your instance with:

sudo shutdown -h now

You can power off your instance from your provider control panel (The Power sub-menu for your droplet on DigitalOcean) but it is always best to do so from the command line. (Note: On occasion, you may still have to power off your droplet from the control panel, even if you shut it down from the command line)

Destroy Your Droplet

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