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Retiring: This instance is scheduled for retirement after xx/xx/xxxx


Quick resolution: Stop & Start the instance

For those interested in the whole story …

We had an instance go down and upon logging into the AWS EC2 Management Console, we were confronted with this scarry message


Naturally, we clicked “Troubleshoot”

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The Resolution seemed simple enough – Just Stop & Start the instance; however, stopping the instance didn’t seem to work – It just hung at and instance state of “Stopping”

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After waiting what seemed an eternity (~45 minute), the instance finally stopped, at which time we were able to start it back up – effectively clearing the issue of the instance being unreachable as well as its retirement.