Importing an OpenStack VM into Amazon EC2

Some quick notes for those interested:

  • Install EC2 API TOOLS
  • Set Access and Secret key environment variables:
    • export AWS_ACCESS_KEY=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    • export AWS_SECRET_KEY=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Set up an S3 bucket and secure it to taste, to be specified later
  • If exporting from OpenStack, remove the cloud-init package
  • Note all prep considerations on http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/PreparingYourVirtualMachine.html
  • Export the VM image – I’m using OpenStack (KVM) images in raw format, so these needed no initial conversion. You can also use VHD or VMDK
    • Docs: http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/ImportingYourVM.html
    • Command I used: ec2-import-instance ./my-awesome-image.img -f RAW -t c4.xlarge -a x86_64 -b my-awesome-bucket –region us-east-1 –availability-zone us-east-1a –subnet subnet-xxxxxx -o ${AWS_ACCESS_KEY} -w ${AWS_SECRET_KEY} -p Linux

You need to take the destination region into account – your subnet and S3 bucket be available to the region/availability zone you specify above.

The import takes time after the upload is complete – watch progress with ec2-describe-conversion-tasks.

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