Customize an existing AMI image
It's much easier to customize an existing AMI image to your own taste than to start from scratch so let's do that. First we need to find an image that is close to what we want. Read EC2 quickstart on how to setup the EC2 API tools.
$ ec2-describe-images -a … IMAGE ami-f0f61599 alestic-64/debian-5.0-lenny-base-64-20091011.manifest.xml 063491364108 available public x86_64 machine aki-a3d737ca ari-7cb95a15 instance-store …
Create a directory to hold your EC2 access credentials.
$ mkdir ~/.ec2 $ mv ~/Downloads/*.pem ~/.ec2
Next download the EC2 API command line tools, add it to your PATH and create a few environment variables.
$ cd ~/bin $ unzip ~/Downloads/ec2-api-tools.zip $ ln -s /ec2-api-tools-1.3-46266 ec2 $ export $EC2_HOME=~/bin/ec2 $ export PATH=$EC2_HOME/bin:$PATH $ export EC2_PRIVATE_KEY=~/.ec2/pk-<guid>.pem $ export EC2_CERT=~/.ec2/cert-<guid>.pem $ # JAVA_HOME is needed for ec2 tools to work $ export JAVA_HOME=/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Home
Let's list some publicly available Amazone Machine Images (AMI) to verify that the tools are working properly.
$ ec2-describe-images -o amazon ... IMAGE ami-a21affcb ec2-public-images/fedora-core-6-x86_64-base-v1.06.manifest.xml amazon available public x86_64 machine aki-a53adfcc ari-a23adfcb instance-store IMAGE ami-2d5fba44 ec2-public-images/fedora-core-6-x86_64-base-v1.07.manifest.xml amazon available public x86_64 machine aki-a53adfcc ari-a23adfcb instance-store IMAGE ami-225fba4b ec2-public-images/fedora-core4-apache-mysql-v1.07.manifest.xml amazon available public i386 machine instance-store IMAGE ami-25b6534c ec2-public-images/fedora-core4-apache-mysql.manifest.xml amazon available public i386 machine instance-store ...
Launch an AMI instance
In order to access an AMI instance via SSH we need to create a EC2 key pair. This can easily be done using the web based AWS management console or following the steps below.
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