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Cloud Playground's New Features

These are the features that have been added to the Playground that did not exist with the Cloud Servers.

Units 

In the new Playground, you have the option to customize the size of the server that you create. Active subscribers receive 8 Units to use when creating servers. Your Units Available will be displayed above your already created servers:

When creating a new server, you can select the size and the Unit cost that is listed with the size. Some distributions may have a minimum size that costs more than one unit.

If you do not have enough Units Available for the server size you have chosen, a message will display showing you do not have enough Units.

IPv6

The Playground will now assign a public IPv6 address that you can use to connect. This is still in testing and may not work reliably at the moment.

Status Log

When you create a server, you will now see a log with the actions and the current state of the server. The log does not provide detailed information but will allow you to see the progress of the server as it starts up. Note that some distributions can take longer than others to load.

Notifications

The Playground also includes a new notifications system to send emails that will alert you when one of your servers is close to expiration. If you don't start the server in 40 days, it will expire. This new notification system will simply send you an email 5 days before the server expires and is automatically deleted. 

You can unsubscribe from these by clicking the 'unsubscribe' button included in the email when it is sent. 

Additional notifications and management settings may be added as this feature is developed further.