Your Paperspace machine will go through several "states" in its lifetime:
- Restarting/ Restarting and Installing Updates
- Shutting Down
Provisioning is the first state of the VM lifecycle, which you'll see while your machine is being built. If your machine stays in Provisioning for more than ten minutes, we recommend submitting a Support ticket so we can have a look.
Note: Your machine will go straight from Provisioning to Ready, so if you're not planning on using it right away, make sure you shut down your machine, so you're not charged.
You're good to go! Ready means your machine is powered on, and you can open it.
3. Restarting/Restarting & Installing Updates
We display when your machine is Restarting in the UI. If you have a Windows machine, we do our best to display when your VM is installing Windows updates, and sometimes these can take a while. We don't have any control over the length of these updates. However, if your machine takes longer than a couple of hours to restart, we recommend submitting a Support ticket.
Something's up! If you see a little red exclamation point, hover over it to see the error code, if there is one. Error codes help us diagnose what's preventing your machine from being ready. Sometimes, inaccessible errors are caused by Windows updates that take longer than usual and clear on their own. If you've made changes to your VM that affect it's connectivity to Paperspace or the internet, that will result in an inaccessible error as well. If the machine doesn't become accessible in 5-10 minutes, you may want to restart it, open a support ticket, or revert to a snapshot.
5. Shutting Down
You've initiated a stop event, and your machine is in the process of powering off. This should take anywhere from 30 seconds to a couple of minutes.
The off-state is the only state in which your machine is powered down, and for hourly machines, this is the only state in which your machine is not incurring any hourly usage fees.