Amazon EC2 Tokyo (ap-northeast-1) and Ubuntu AMIs

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Amazon Web Services has launched a new EC2 region in Tokyo named ap-northeast-1. Canonical has released new AMIs in this region for the standard Ubuntu releases they are supporting in other regions including AMIs for:

  • Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick (EBS boot and instance-store)
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid (EBS boot and instance-store)
  • Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic (instance-store only)
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Hardy (instance-store only)

For convenient lookup, the table at the top of Alestic.com reflects the Ubuntu AMIs from Canonical for this and other EC2 regions.

My question is this: Does anybody still need me to publish Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Hardy EBS boot AMIs in the new ap-northeast-1 region?

I don’t plan to publish Ubuntu 9.10 EBS Karmic boot AMIs since Karmic reaches its end of life next month, and I can’t imagine anybody is still using Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Dapper on EC2 which reaches its EOL in June. However, I can understand that Hardy might still be useful and that folks using it might want to migrate over to Tokyo with EBS boot.

Let me know in the comments what your situation is. I’d like to retire from public AMI building now that Canonical is doing it for all the new Ubuntu releases, but it seems like there might be a tad more service I could provide there to the community if needed.

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I only use 10.04 LTS and sometimes the newer 10.10 images.

Thanks for updating the AMIs in the table.
They are extremely convenient.

-mike

I think when somebody want to migrate his 8.04LTS instances to Tokyo region, they want to use it.

But, it is very rare case.
Then I think whether you make 8.04LTS EBS or not is up to you.

yasuhiro:

Exactly. I'm just giving that person a chance to make the request here, but so far it sounds like everybody is happy with the newer releases of Ubuntu AMIs being built by Canonical and/or the older regions from Amazon.

I am new to Amazon EC2 and have a naive question to experts. Will it be possible to copy my VMware (or Xen) installation of Ubuntu 10.04 to EC2? It is lots easier if I can test/debug the setup on my laptop than installing in an EC2.

I am a novice in cloud computing but want to give a try. I downloaded maverick-server-uec-amd64.tar.gz to Ubuntu 10.04 in my laptop, untar'ed, and run maverick-server-uec-amd64.img in KVM Virtual Machine Manager. It failed: the error message says "Could not read from CDROM (0005)." I could boot up from Clonezilla. Is the ebs image not a iso image? How can I run outside of EC2?

Thanking you in advance for assistance,

T. Kamae

I have no need to do this type of thing, so haven't tried it, but it looks like you asked your question and got it answered over on the ec2ubuntu Google group.

Tune Kamae:

I've seen people claim they can do this, but I just test/debug directly on EC2. You only pay for the hours you are using the development instances, so it's pretty cheap and you know it will work when you're ready to go to production.

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