OpenSolaris 2008.05 is available in Amazon public Grid

Following the success and interest in the May 5th launch of OpenSolaris 2008.05, we together with Amazon are happy to release the OpenSolaris 2008.05-based 32-bit AMI in a public grid. We also took this opportunity to include few changes/enhancement and bug fixes. 

This means that capacity has been added for the OpenSolaris-based AMI so everyone can access it and launch as many instances as needed. The "Getting Started Guide" has been updated with instructions on how to rebundle a running OpenSolaris 2008.05 -based 32-bit AMI on Amazon EC2 which was not available previously due to technical issues. The rebundling process has been accelerated so it takes less time to rebundle. If you haven't been able to do so, try the rebundling process and let us know if you find any issues using the Guide. As we already know, OpenSolaris boots from a ZFS- based root file system, (project name "zfs boot") which is the reason why rebundling uses ZFS-based commands.

There is a lot of work in progress to deliver pre-packaged stacks, which includes a set of software stack, targeted towards a specific need. This will save time from installing and configuring the software and the user can be ready to start working on what they need to instead of configuring the individual software. Keep checking the "Open Solaris on EC2" web-page for availability of these images.

Following is the AMI/AKI/ARI ID's for this new 32-bit machine image:

 AMI ID
ami-41e70328
 AKI ID
aki-b78367de
 ARI ID
ari-b68367df

Here are the steps  for launching this new image:

ec2-run-instances --url https://ec2.amazonaws.com ami-41e70328 -k <KEY PAIR NAME>

or

export EC2_URL=https://ec2.amazonaws.com
ec2-run-instances ami-41e70328 -k <KEY PAIR NAME>

Once the list along with the AMI id's is available, check for what you need and if there is something missing which you'd like to be added, do let us know. AMI contribution  and ideas from users are welcome and we can work together to get these ready for others to use. As OpenSolaris is a community based effort, we welcome the community contributions to make it easier for others.

For more details and new technical information keep checking:


Comments:

Excellent! I had to launch the image immediately to see for myself, and indeed, there it is.

It seems that my longstanding dream of being able to easily remotely test different vendors' software and new features (for like $0.80 a day) will finally come true.

Posted by Mikael Gueck on August 15, 2008 at 08:50 AM PDT #

Is there a way to do remote desktop for opensolaris on EC2 ?

Posted by Niraj J on August 20, 2008 at 08:05 AM PDT #

You can use vnc to get connected to EC2 environment. Here are the steps

1. export PATH=/usr/openwin/bin:$PATH
2. Run vncserver to start ( Its under /usr/bin/ ) vnc server process.
3. Set password for the vnc
4. Use vncviewer from your desktop to get connected to the ec2.

Also from your desktop use ec2 tools to get authorization on port 5900 ( as used by vncserver ) as below

bash-3.00$ec2-authorize default -p 5900

Additionally you can install SSD - Tarantella ( Sun Secure Desktop ) to get connected to the ex2 environment.

Hope this helps

Posted by Vijay Upreti on September 11, 2008 at 04:15 PM PDT #

Which AMI's have vncserver installed.

I tried the AMI - ami-3742a75e (glassfish + mysql). This AMI did not have VNCserver.

Please advise

Posted by Niraj J on September 12, 2008 at 03:19 AM PDT #

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