We are heavy users of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) and regularly help clients transition their on-premises systems to the cloud.
In this post, I’ll demonstrate a technique using standard Linux tools to create a bootable AWS EC2 instance from an imported AWS volume image.
In Part One, I reviewed the steps required to create and export an image of an AWS EC2 volume. This process works well, but it is somewhat cumbersome and time-consuming for sysadmins, especially when waiting for large images to compress.
There’s no question, VMs are fantastic. But like anything that is cheap and easy, they have a tendency to persist long past their usefulness. Why invest the time and energy to retire a VM?