Release: Auto Scaling on 2012-09-17

Release Notes>Release: Auto Scaling on 2012 09 17
This release of Auto Scaling supports configuring an instance termination policy for your Auto Scaling Group.

Details

Release Date: September 18, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
Latest Version: 2011-01-01
Latest WSDL: http://autoscaling.amazonaws.com/doc/2011-01-01/AutoScaling.wsdl
Created On: September 17, 2012 11:16 PM GMT
Last Updated: September 17, 2012 11:16 PM GMT

New Features

FeatureDescription
Configuring an instance termination policy for your Auto Scaling Group

You can now configure a termination policy that Auto Scaling will use when selecting an instance to terminate. This policy is used when reducing the size of your Auto Scaling group or rebalancing it across Availability Zones. By default, Auto Scaling uses a default termination policy when selecting instances to terminate. With this release, you can opt to specify a termination policy of your own. For more information, see Instance Termination Policy for Your Auto Scaling Group.

Known Issues

IssueDescription
We no longer allow the ":" character in the name of any object.

You can no longer use the ":" (colon) character in the name of any object. This includes Launch Configurations, Auto Scaling groups, Policies, and any other named object.

The "Cooldown" parameter is now called "DefaultCooldown."

The "Cooldown" parameter for the CreateAutoScalingGroup and UpdateAutoScalingGroup actions is now named "DefaultCooldown."

IMPORTANT: If you are upgrading from a previous version, please be sure to update any calls that involve this parameter. Although the CLI and the SOAP protocol will return an error if you do not rename this parameter, the Query protocol will silently ignore the misnamed parameter.

Trigger functionality has been redesigned to work closely with CloudWatch alarms.

You no longer create triggers with a single call to CreateOrUpdateTrigger. Instead, you create a trigger by combining two AWS features: a CloudWatch alarm (configured to watch a specified CloudWatch metric) and an Auto Scaling policy that describes what should happen if the alarm threshold is crossed. In most cases, you will need two triggers—one trigger for scaling up and another for scaling down.

Migrating legacy triggers.

Auto Scaling does not permit using both a legacy trigger and the new alarms-based scaling system on an Auto Scaling group. To use the new scaling system you will have to migrate any legacy triggers to the new system. For detailed instructions on how to migrate legacy triggers, go to the following thread in the Amazon Web Services Discussion Forums: Migrating legacy Auto Scaling Triggers to the new, CloudWatch Alarm based scaling system.

Administrative suspensions. Auto Scaling might, at times, suspend processes for Auto Scaling groups that repeatedly fail to launch instances. This is known as an "administrative suspension," and most commonly applies to Auto Scaling groups that have zero running instances, have been trying to launch instances for more than 24 hours, and have not succeeded in that time in launching any instances. To resume processes, whether the suspension was manual (using SuspendProcesses) or administrative, use either the ResumeProcesses API action or the as-resume-processes CLI command.
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