Release: Auto Scaling on 2012-11-16

Release Notes>Release: Auto Scaling on 2012 11 16
This release of Auto Scaling supports launching Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance types as Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)-optimized instances. This release also removes the requirement for specifying Availability Zones for an Auto Scaling group if subnets are specified.


Release Date: November 17, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
Latest Version: 2011-01-01
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Created On: November 17, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
Last Updated: November 17, 2012 1:04 AM GMT

New Features

Support for EBS-optimized Instances

You can now launch EBS-optimized instances in your Auto Scaling group. The EBS-optimized instances provide dedicated throughput to Amazon EBS volumes, and they also provide an optimized configuration stack for optimal EBS I/O performance. For more information on EBS-optimized instance, see EBS-Optimized Instances.

Availability Zone is now an optional parameter when also specifying subnet

With this release, you do not need to specify Availability Zones for your Auto Scaling group if you specify subnets. For more information on creating Auto Scaling groups in your Amazon VPC subnets, see Launch Auto Scaling Instances into Amazon VPC.

Known Issues

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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