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Amazon EC2 Windows Server 2003, 2008 AMI

Posted on 2010-09-21
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Hi,

Amazon is currently only supporting Windows 2008 Datacenter Edition R1 SP1 - However i need to have a few instances running Windows server 2008 R2 Standard Edition. Where can i get AMIs for that?

Also i need a few instances for Windows server 2003 Standard Edition, if any one can point me correct community resources for authentic AMIs?

Regards.
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by:shalomc
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by:aqbgdt
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Dear ShalomC,

Thanks, i found 2003 Basic. But couldn't find any AMI for Basic 2008 Standard or Enterprise versions.

Any ideas?
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by:shalomc
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You can only have what AWS provides :)
Try asking in the EC2 forums. They are monitored by AWS personnel.

http://developer.amazonwebservices.com/connect/forum.jspa?forumID=30

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by:aqbgdt
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There are individuals selling their custom AMIs, I see Amazon provides option for submitting custom AMIs and setting their own prices for those AMIs. I just wanted to see if someone knows good resource/forum for finding such custom AMIs

thanks anyway ShalomC
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by:shalomc
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there is no way for an individual outside AWS to create a windows AMI that is not based on an AWS supplied AMI.
Maybe AWS have images of Basic 2008 Standard or Enterprise versions that they can share with you - I suggest that you ask in the EC2 forum.

btw, what's so important about Basic 2008 Standard or Enterprise versions? Aren't applications deployed similarly in all 2008 versions?
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by:aqbgdt
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Hi Shalom,

Yes there are people who create AMI within AWS and then sell it through Amazon Community AMIs (an option you see when you click "Launch instance" in AWS accounts.

Well what Amazon is offering currently is all based in 2008 Datacenter edition which is unnecessarily bulky and requires Large instance (which will be around $350 USD per month) whereas Standard or other version is OK with a small instance ($175 USD per month approx) - That's a considerable difference :(

Regards.
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I didn't say that people do not sell AMIs - I do it myself :)

It's just that you have to base a windows image on an original supplied by AWS. So, even if the hypervisor supports windows XP, you depend on AWS to supply an initial xp image (which they don't).

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Ah i got it now ShalomC, that's a useful info you have provided.

That has ended my search.
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