Configuring Windows Components on Amazon EC2

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Optional Windows Server operating system components are typically added or configured using installation media. This tutorial describes how to add or configure optional Windows components within the Amazon EC2 environment.

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Submitted By: JonathanS@AWS
AWS Products Used: Amazon EC2
Created On: October 23, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
Last Updated: December 15, 2014 10:57 PM GMT

Windows Server operating systems include many optional components. Installing all components on each Amazon EC2 Windows AMI is not practical or desirable. Instead, EC2 users can access the necessary files to configure or install components using Elastic Block Storage (EBS) Snapshots.

The following is a list of available snapshots for the US-East (Northern Virginia) region:

  • Windows 2003 R2 Installation Media 32-bit: snap-8010f6e9
  • Windows 2003 R2 Installation Media 64-bit: snap-a310f6ca
  • Windows 2008 32-bit Installation Media: snap-783f5e11
  • Windows 2008 64-bit Installation Media: snap-543e5f3d
  • Windows 2008 R2 Installation Media: snap-a5da3fc4
  • Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Japanese 64-bit Installation Media: snap-8515f231
  • Windows 2012 English Installation Media: snap-9470c3e7
  • Windows 2012 R2 English Installation Media: snap-b305b7b7

The following is a list of available snapshots for the US-West (Northern California) region:

  • Windows 2003 R2 Installation Media 32-bit: snap-2eaa7d46
  • Windows 2003 R2 Installation Media 64-bit: snap-32aa7d5a
  • Windows 2008 32-bit Installation Media: snap-ba31e6d2
  • Windows 2008 64-bit Installation Media: snap-8e31e6e6
  • Windows 2008 R2 Installation Media: snap-9541dff9
  • Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Japanese 64-bit Installation Media: snap-684f30ab
  • Windows 2012 English Installation Media: snap-8072a2ac
  • Windows 2012 R2 English Installation Media: snap-202c282b

The following is a list of available snapshots for the US-West-2 (Oregon) region:

  • Windows 2003 R2 Installation Media 32-bit: snap-124b7b7a
  • Windows 2003 R2 Installation Media 64-bit: snap-ca4b7ba2
  • Windows 2008 32-bit Installation Media: snap-f24e7e9a
  • Windows 2008 64-bit Installation Media: snap-964e7efe
  • Windows 2008 R2 Installation Media: snap-0a4f7f62
  • Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Japanese 64-bit Installation Media: snap-7339d8fc
  • Windows 2012 English Installation Media: snap-c3a44be5
  • Windows 2012 R2 English Installation Media: snap-67b75158

The following is a list of available snapshots for the EU (Ireland) region:

  • Windows 2003 R2 Installation Media 32-bit: snap-b8bb5ed1
  • Windows 2003 R2 Installation Media 64-bit: snap-babb5ed3
  • Windows 2008 32-bit Installation Media: snap-025ab36b
  • Windows 2008 64-bit Installation Media: snap-ea5ab383
  • Windows 2008 R2 Installation Media: snap-aff8fdc6
  • Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Japanese 64-bit Installation Media: snap-50578cae
  • Windows 2012 English Installation Media: snap-037ebb55
  • Windows 2012 R2 English Installation Media: snap-5d640a43

The following is a list of available snapshots for the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region:

  • Windows 2003 R2 Installation Media 32-bit: snap-00b46468
  • Windows 2003 R2 Installation Media 64-bit: snap-14b4647c
  • Windows 2008 32-bit Installation Media: snap-f8b46490
  • Windows 2008 64-bit Installation Media: snap-ccb464a4
  • Windows 2008 R2 Installation Media: snap-7f9dbe14
  • Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Japanese 64-bit Installation Media: snap-43f3a9ac
  • Windows 2012 English Installation Media: snap-f22c3a9f
  • Windows 2012 R2 English Installation Media: snap-433e7d76

The following is a list of available snapshots for the Asia Pacific (Japan) region:

  • Windows 2003 R2 Installation Media 32-bit: snap-7dda9915
  • Windows 2003 R2 Installation Media 64-bit: snap-9dfebdf5
  • Windows 2008 32-bit Installation Media: snap-6d1f5605
  • Windows 2008 64-bit Installation Media: snap-7d571815
  • Windows 2008 R2 Installation Media: snap-d5fb04be
  • Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Japanese 64-bit Installation Media: snap-7a985fe3
  • Windows 2012 English Installation Media: snap-53709c72
  • Windows 2012 R2 English Installation Media: snap-0befbc2e

The following is a list of available snapshots for the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region:

  • Windows 2003 R2 Installation Media 32-bit: snap-bcfc718c
  • Windows 2003 R2 Installation Media 64-bit: snap-bffc718f
  • Windows 2008 32-bit Installation Media: snap-a2fc7192
  • Windows 2008 64-bit Installation Media: snap-a5fc7195
  • Windows 2008 R2 Installation Media: snap-aefc719e
  • Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Japanese 64-bit Installation Media: snap-69d50360
  • Windows 2012 English Installation Media: snap-39f38a09
  • Windows 2012 R2 English Installation Media: snap-cd63ecfe

The following is a list of available snapshots for the South America (Sao Paulo) region:

  • Windows 2003 R2 Installation Media 32-bit: snap-fbf52793
  • Windows 2003 R2 Installation Media 64-bit: snap-cff527a7
  • Windows 2008 32-bit Installation Media: snap-8bf527e3
  • Windows 2008 64-bit Installation Media: snap-a7f527cf
  • Windows 2008 R2 Installation Media: snap-d3f527bb
  • Windows 2008 R2 SP1 Japanese 64-bit Installation Media: snap-c838b323
  • Windows 2012 English Installation Media: snap-ac644f9d
  • Windows 2012 R2 English Installation Media: snap-d4b4a53d

To add a Windows component snapshot to an existing instance (using the API tools):

  1. Create an EBS volume from one of the snapshots above using the ec2-create-volume command-line tool:

    ec2-create-volume --snapshot snap-bb10f6d2 --availability-zone same_as_your_windows_instance
  2. Attach the volume to your Windows instance:

    ec2-attach-volume volume_id --instance instance_id --device xvdg

    where the device can be xvdf through xvdp.

  3. The volume will show up in Windows Explorer within a few minutes.

Now you configure the Windows Components Wizard to point to the new volume.

Comments

Cool but automate it
This is nice but should be automated and in an Amazon control panel. Carl malartre@scolab.com
camalartre on November 25, 2008 8:42 PM GMT
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