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Getting support

All customers have access to a public Slack channel for support and collaboration.

Enterprise customers may also have an upgraded SLA for support tickets via email and access to a private Slack channel.

Change your credit card

Sometimes credit card limits or virtual cards are used on a subscription. To change the credit card used for your subscription, click here: My Orders.

Upgrade your plan

If you'd like to upgrade your plan for more concurrent builds, a higher level of support or anything else, please contact us via email or Slack with the new plan name or size. The amount will be applied Pro-rata when upgrading.

The Actuated Dashboard

The first port of call should be the Actuated Dashboard where you can check the status of your agents and see the current queue of jobs.

For security reasons, an administrator for your GitHub Organisation will need to approve the Actuated Dashboard for access to your organisation before team members will be able to see any data. Send them the link for the dashboard, and have them specifically tick the checkbox for your organisation when logging in for the first time.

If you missed this step, have them head over to their Applications Settings page, click "Authorized OAuth Apps" and then "Actuated Dashboard". On this page, under "Organization access" they can click "Grant" for each of your organisations registered for actuated.

OAuth Access Page

How to "Grant" access to the Dashboard.

Try a direct link here: Actuated Dashboard OAuth App

A job is stuck as "queued"

If you're using a private repo and the job is queued, let us know on Slack and we'll check the audit database to try and find out why.

To remotely check the logs of the actuated service on a host, run the following:

actuated-cli agent-logs --owner ORG --host HOST [--age 20m]

Or you can also check /var/log/actuated/ for log files, tail -n 20 /var/log/actuated/*.txt should show you any errors that may have occurred on any of the VM boot-ups or runner registrations. Or check sudo journalctl -u actuated to see what's happening within the actuated service.

Since 2022, the main GitHub service and/or Actions has had a high number of partial or full outages.

Check the GitHub Status Page to make sure GitHub is fully operational, and bear in mind that there could be an issue, even if it hasn't been shown on that page yet.

You can schedule additional VMs to launch, one per queued job with the CLI:

actuated-cli repair --org OWNER

This command should not be run multiple times without contacting support first.

You pull a lot of large images from the Docker Hub

As much as we like to make our images as small as possible, sometimes we just have to pull down either large artifacts or many smaller ones. It just can't be helped.

Since a MicroVM is a completely immutable environment, the pull needs to happen on each build, which is actually a good thing.

The pull speed can be dramatically improved by using a registry mirror on each agent:

You are running into rate limits when using container images from the Docker Hub

The Docker Hub implements stringent rate limits of 100 pulls per 6 hours, and 200 pulls per 6 hours if you log in. Pro accounts get an increased limit of 5000 pulls per 6 hours.

We've created simple instructions on how to set up a registry mirror to cache images on your Actuated Servers.

You need to rotate the authentication token used for your agent

There should not be many reasons to rotate this token, however, if something's happened and it's been leaked or an employee has left the company, contact us via email for the update procedure.

You need to rotate your private/public keypair

Your private/public keypair is comparable to an SSH key, although it cannot be used to gain access to your agent via SSH.

If you need to rotate it for some reason, please contact us by email as soon as you can.

Disk space is running out

This can be observed by running df -h or df -h /.

Over time, the various "fat" VM images that we ship to you may fill up the disk space on your machine.

You can delete all images, including the current image with the following command.

sudo ctr -n mvm image ls -q | xargs sudo ctr -n mvm image rm

We do not recommend running this on a cron schedule since the maintenance command will cause your agent to download the latest fat VM image ~ 1GB± again.

An alternative for a cron schedule would need to exclude the current image being used:

sudo ctr -n mvm image ls -q |grep -v $CURRENT | xargs sudo ctr -n mvm image rm

Your agent has been offline or unavailable for a significant period of time

If your agent has been offline for a significant period of time, then our control plane will have disconnected it from its pool of available agents.

Contact us via Slack to have it reinstated.

The devmapper snapshotter is not available or running

The actuated agent uses the devmapper snapshotter for containerd, which emulates a thin-provisioned block device. Performance can be improved by attaching a dedicated disk or partition, but in our testing the devmapper works well enough for most workloads.

The script must be run upon every fresh boot-up of the host. It enables Firecracker to use snapshots to save disk space when launching new VMs.

If you see an error about the "devmapper" snapshot driver, then run the shell script then restart containerd:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl restart containerd

Your builds are slower than expected

  • Check free disk space (df -h)
  • Check for unattended updates/upgrades (ps -ef | grep unattended-upgrades) and (ps -ef | grep apt)

If you're using spinning disks, then consider switching to SSDs. If you're already using SSDs, consider using PCIe/NVMe SSDs.

Finally, we do have another way to speed up microVMs by attaching another drive or partition to your host. Contact us for more information.