Monday Aug 31, 2009

SGCS v1.5 AMI now available in Europe

We are very happy to announce the availability of the latest SGCS v 1.5 AMI on Amazon EC2 in the European Region. This AMI is based on the OpenSolaris 2008.11 base AMI US AMI and does not need registration.

Following are the details of this new AMI:

Sun GlassFish Communication Server v 1.5 32-bit AMI:

ami-a896bedc aki-661c3412 / ari-601c3414

Manifest: sgcsv1.5-opensolaris-2008.11.img.manifest.xml

To run this AMI in Europe, change the following environment variables before launching the AMI:

EC2_URL="https://eu-west-1.ec2.amazonaws.com"
LOCATION="EU"

The other env variables remain the same.

NOTE:  a unique <your-keypair-name> must be generated for each region before launching an AMI.(Use ec2-add-keypair <name> > keypairfile after setting the above env variables).


Tuesday Aug 18, 2009

Hardened OpenSolaris 2009.06 AMI now available in Europe

We are very happy to announce the availability of the latest Hardened OpenSolaris 2009.06 AMI on Amazon EC2 in the European Region. This AMI is based on the OpenSolaris 2006.09 US AMI and does not need registration.

Following are the details of this new AMI:

Hardened OpenSolaris 2009.06 32-bit AMI:

ami-b69fb7c2 aki-2181a955 / ari-b49fb7c0

Manifest: hardened_opensolaris_2009.06_32_1.2.img.manifest.xml

To run this AMI in Europe, change the following environment variables before launching the AMI:

EC2_URL="https://eu-west-1.ec2.amazonaws.com"
LOCATION="EU"

The other env variables remain the same.

NOTE:  a unique <your-keypair-name> must be generated for each region before launching an AMI.(Use ec2-add-keypair <name> > keypairfile after setting the above env variables).

Rebundling Changes:

As you can see we have introduced the new ARI (ari-9d6889f4) with this AMI, make sure you use the correct ARI with the "ec2-bundle-image" command as given below.

bash # ec2-bundle-image -c $EC2_CERT -k $EC2_PRIVATE_KEY \\
 --kernel aki-661c3412 --ramdisk ari-601c3414 \\
 --block-device-mapping "root=rpool/56@0,ami=0,ephemeral0=1" \\
 --user <userid> --arch i386 \\
 -i $DIRECTORY/$IMAGE -d $DIRECTORY/parts

In addition if you want to disable auditing during re-bundling, you can execute following commands in your clean up tasks before executing "ec2-bundle-image" command.

bash # audit -t
bash # > /var/log/auditlog
bash # rm -f /var/audit/\*

Thursday Jul 30, 2009

SailFin AMI on OpenSolaris 2008.11 now available in Europe

We are very happy to broaden the availability of the latest SailFin AMI on OpenSolaris 2008.1 AMI on Amazon EC2 in the European Region. This AMI is based on the OpenSolaris 2008.11 base AMI US AMI and does not need registration.

Following are the details of this new AMI:

SailFin 32-bit AMI:

ami-3282aa46 aki-661c3412 / ari-601c3414

Manifest: sailfinv2-opensolaris-2008.11.img.manifest.xml

To run this AMI in Europe, change the following environment variables before launching the AMI:

EC2_URL="https://eu-west-1.ec2.amazonaws.com"
LOCATION="EU"

The other env variables remain the same.

NOTE:  a unique <your-keypair-name> must be generated for each region before launching an AMI.(Use ec2-add-keypair <name> > keypairfile after setting the above env variables).

Wednesday Jul 29, 2009

32-bit OpenSolaris 2009.06 Base AMI now available in Europe

We are very happy to broaden the availability of the latest OpenSolaris 2009.06 AMI on Amazon EC2 in the European Region. This AMI is based on the OpenSolaris 2006.09 US AMI and does not need registration.

Following are the details of this new AMI:

OpenSolaris 2009.06 32-bit AMI:

ami-2381a957 aki-2181a955 / ari-2581a951

Manifest: opensolaris_2009.06_32_6.1.img.manifest.xml

To run this AMI in Europe, change the following environment variables before launching the AMI:

EC2_URL="https://eu-west-1.ec2.amazonaws.com"
LOCATION="EU"

The other env variables remain the same.

NOTE:  a unique <your-keypair-name> must be generated for each region before launching an AMI.(Use ec2-add-keypair <name> > keypairfile after setting the above env variables).

64-bit OpenSolaris 2009.06 Base AMI now available in Europe

We are very happy to broaden the availability of the latest 64-bit OpenSolaris 2009.06 AMI on Amazon EC2 in the European Region. This AMI is based on the 64-bit OpenSolaris 2006.09 US AMI and does not need registration.

Following are the details of this new AMI:

OpenSolaris 2009.06 64-bit AMI:

ami-3981a94d aki-4d81a939 / ari-4181a935

Manifest: opensolaris_2009.06_64_6.1.img.manifest.xml

To run this AMI in Europe, change the following environment variables before launching the AMI:

EC2_URL="https://eu-west-1.ec2.amazonaws.com"
LOCATION="EU"

The other env variables remain the same.

NOTE:  a unique <your-keypair-name> must be generated for each region before launching an AMI.(Use ec2-add-keypair <name> > keypairfile after setting the above env variables).

Friday Jul 24, 2009

32-bit OpenSolaris 2009.06 base AMI Released on Amazon EC2

Sun Microsystems Inc. is pleased to announce the new release OpenSolaris 2009.06 on Amazon EC2's cloud computing service. This 32-bit AMI gives you the power and security of OpenSolaris combined with the flexibility of Amazon's cloud computing service, and is optimized for for Amazon EC2's cloud computing environment.

AMI ID: ami-8f30d1e6
AMI Manifest: sun-opensolaris-2009-06/opensolaris_2009.06_32_6.1.img.manifest.xml
AKI/ARI ID:
aki-1783627e / ari-858362ec
License: Public

Description:

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is the latest release of the OpenSolaris Operating System, a powerful and complete operating environment for users. developers and deployers. OpenSolaris prides itself on being a secure, stable, and highly scalable system. The OpenSolaris OS is open source software, and freely re-distributable and provides all the tools users expect from a modern computing environment both installed by default and available on our online network package repositories.

Information on "What's new in OpenSolaris 2009.06" is available at
http://www.opensolaris.com/learn/features/whats-new/200906/


The root file system is ZFS in this AMI and includes the pre-installed packages and tools necessary to get started with using OpenSolaris on Amazon EC2. You can obtain more details about the OpenSolaris project at http://www.opensolaris.org.

Also, just like in our previous AMIs, the "pkg image-update" command updates the kernel and ramdisk which is not allowed in Amazon EC2. Therefore, in order to prevent your instances from becoming non-compatible with the Amazon EC2 environment, we have disabled this command.

The "Getting Started Guide" has been updated with instructions for Re-bundling OpenSolaris 2009.06 based 32-bit AMI on Amazon EC2.


Rebundling Changes:

For new 32-bit OpenSolaris 2009.06 AMI re-bundling use following "ec2-bundle-image" command. For more detail look into the Getting Started Guide (Page 10).

ec2-bundle-image -c $EC2_CERT -k $EC2_PRIVATE_KEY   \\
  --kernel aki-1783627e --ramdisk ari-858362ec \\
  --block-device-mapping "root=rpool/56@0,ami=0,ephemeral0=1" \\
  --user <user-id> --arch i386 \\
  -i $DIRECTORY/$IMAGE -d $DIRECTORY/parts

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  AMI Refresh of OpenSolaris 2009.06 32-bit on Amazon EC2

After the launch of the OpenSolaris 2009.06 32-bit AMI (AMI ID ami-4133d528) at the beginning of June, an infrequent launch hang upon AMI startup was discovered.  This issue has been submitted as CR 6840704 and has been fixed in an AMI Refresh.

New launches of the old OpenSolaris 2009.06 AMI (ami-4133d528) will be disabled and current users will still be able to use the old ari and aki (aki-b128ced8 / ari-d336d0ba) with their rebundled AMI based on ami-4133d528.

Support:

For technical support during the Beta period, please contact ec2­-solaris­-support[AT]SUN[DOT]COM.

Please check OpenSolaris on Amazon EC2 blog for latest updates and new information about OpenSolaris AMIs.

The "OpenSolaris on Amazon EC2 Getting Started Guide" is located at:
http://www.sun.com/third-party/global/amazon/Sun_AmazonEC2_GettingStartedGuide.pdf


Register for OpenSolaris AMIs here

64-bit OpenSolaris 2009.06 Base AMI Released On Amazon EC2

Sun Microsystems Inc. is pleased to announce the release of 64-bit OpenSolaris 2009.06 base AMI On Amazon EC2's cloud computing service. This 64-bit AMI gives you the power and security of OpenSolaris combined with the flexibility of Amazon's cloud computing service, and is optimized for for EC2's cloud computing environment.

AMI Details:

AMI ID: ami-9903e2f0
AMI Menifest: sun-opensolaris-2009-06/opensolaris_2009.06_64_6.1.img.manifest.xml
AKI/ARI ID: aki-fb3ddc92 / ari-fd3ddc94

This AMI supports 64-bit Instance sizes including m1.large (Large Instance Type), m1.xlarge (Extra Large Instance Type) and c1.xlarge (High CPU Extra Large Instance Type).

For more details on these instance types visit

To run the AMI with Large Instance type, execute following command.
ec2-run-instances ami-9903e2f0
-k <your-keypair> --instance-type m1.large

To run the AMI with Extra Large Instance type, execute following command.
ec2-run-instances ami-9903e2f0
-k <your-keypair> --instance-type m1.xlarge

To run the AMI with High CPU Extra Large Instance type, execute following command.
ec2-run-instances ami-9903e2f0
-k <your-keypair> --instance-type c1.xlarge

For OpenSolaris 2009.06 32bit base AMI, Please see
http://blogs.sun.com/ec2/entry/opensolaris_2009_06_on_amazon

For Other AMIs provided by Sun Microsystems, Please see
http://blogs.sun.com/ec2/entry/opensolaris_based_ami_catalog_on

Configuring Swap Memory

OpenSolaris 2009.06 64-bit AMI Instance comes with default 1 GB of swap memory.
Follow below given steps to increase the swap memory size by 15gb.

# zfs create -V 15g mnt/swap
# swap -a /dev/zvol/dsk/mnt/swap

You can make this change permanent by changing the lines for swap in “/etc/vfstab” file.
change “/dev/zvol/dsk/rpool/swap” to “/dev/zvol/dsk/mnt/swap” and save the file.

Finally Reboot the instance.

64-bit AMI Rebundling Changes:

For 64-bit OpenSolaris 2009.06 AMI re-bundling use following "ec2-bundle-image" command. For more detail look into the Getting Started Guide (Page 10).

ec2-bundle-image -c $EC2_CERT -k $EC2_PRIVATE_KEY   \\
  --kernel aki-fb3ddc92 --ramdisk ari-fd3ddc94 \\
  --block-device-mapping "root=rpool/56@0,ami=0,ephemeral0=1,ephemeral1=2,ephemeral2=3,ephemeral3=4" \\
  --user <user-id> --arch x86_64 \\
  -i $DIRECTORY/$IMAGE -d $DIRECTORY/parts

Support:

Sunday Jun 14, 2009

Wordpress AMI now available in Europe

We are very happy to broaden the availability of the latest Wordpress AMI on Amazon EC2 in the European Region. This AMI is based on the OpenSolaris 2008.11 base AMI and does not need registration.

Following are the details of this new AMI:

Wordpress 32-bit AMI:

ami-ffa78f8b aki-661c3412 / ari-601c3414

Manifest: WordPress_2008.11_32_1.0.img.manifest.xml

To run this AMI in Europe, change the following environment variables before launching the AMI:

EC2_URL="https://eu-west-1.ec2.amazonaws.com"
LOCATION="EU"

The other env variables remain the same.

NOTE:  a unique <your-keypair-name> must be generated for each region before launching an AMI.(Use ec2-add-keypair <name> > keypairfile after setting the above env variables).

Friday Jun 12, 2009

Ruby On Rails 2 AMI Now Available in Europe

We are very happy to broaden the availability of the latest Ruby on Rails on OpenSolaris 32-bit AMI on Amazon EC2 in the European Region. This AMI is based on the OpenSolaris 2008.11 base AMI and does not need registration.

Following are the details of this new AMI:

Ruby On Rails 32-bit AMI:

ami-e9a1899d aki-661c3412 / ari-601c3414

Manifest: opensolaris_2008_11_32_RubyOnRails_v2.img.manifest.xml

To run this AMI in Europe, change the following environment variables before launching the AMI:

EC2_URL="https://eu-west-1.ec2.amazonaws.com"
LOCATION="EU"

The other env variables remain the same.

NOTE:  a unique <your-keypair-name> must be generated for each region before launching an AMI.(Use ec2-add-keypair <name> > keypairfile after setting the above env variables).

64-bit OpenSolaris 2008.11 Base AMI now available in Europe

We are very happy to broaden the availability of the latest OpenSolaris 64-bit Base AMI on Amazon EC2 in the European Region. This AMI is based on the OpenSolaris 2008.11 64-bit base AMI and does not need registration.

Following are the details of this new AMI:

OpenSolaris 64-bit Base AMI:

ami-99a68eed aki-95a68ee1 / ari-aba68edf

Manifest: 2008.11_64_1.0.img.manifest.xml

To run this AMI in Europe, change the following environment variables before launching the AMI:

EC2_URL="https://eu-west-1.ec2.amazonaws.com"
LOCATION="EU"

The other env variables remain the same.

NOTE:  a unique <your-keypair-name> must be generated for each region before launching an AMI.(Use ec2-add-keypair <name> > keypairfile after setting the above env variables).

Monday May 04, 2009

64-bit OpenSolaris 2008.11 Base AMI Released On Amazon EC2

Sun Microsystems Inc. is pleased to announce the release of 64-bit OpenSolaris 2008.11 base AMI On Amazon EC2's cloud computing service. This 64-bit AMI gives you the power and security of OpenSolaris combined with the flexibility of Amazon's cloud computing service, and is optimized for for EC2's cloud computing environment.

AMI Details:

AMI ID: ami-4b638422
AMI Menifest: sun-osol-2008-11/2008.11_64_1.0.img.manifest.xml
AKI/ARI ID: aki-846483ed / ari-876483ee

This AMI supports 64-bit Instance sizes including m1.large (Large Instance Type), m1.xlarge (Extra Large Instance Type) and c1.xlarge (High CPU Extra Large Instance Type).

For more details on these instance types visit

To run the AMI with Large Instance type, execute following command.
ec2-run-instances ami-4b638422 -k <your-keypair>
--instance-type m1.large

To run the AMI with Extra Large Instance type, execute following command.
ec2-run-instances ami-4b638422 -k <your-keypair>
--instance-type m1.xlarge

To run the AMI with High CPU Extra Large Instance type, execute following command.
ec2-run-instances ami-4b638422 -k <your-keypair>
--instance-type c1.xlarge

For OpenSolaris 2008.11 32bit base AMI, Please see
http://blogs.sun.com/ec2/entry/opensolaris_2008_11_on_amazon

For Other AMIs provided by Sun Microsystems, Please see
http://blogs.sun.com/ec2/entry/opensolaris_based_ami_catalog_on

Configuring Swap Memory

OpenSolaris 2008.11 64 AMI Instance comes with default 586MB of swap memory.
Follow below given steps to increase the swap memory size by 15gb.

# zfs create -V 15g mnt/swap
# swap -a /dev/zvol/dsk/mnt/swap

You can make this change permanent by changing the lines for swap in “/etc/vfstab” file.
change “/dev/zvol/dsk/rpool/swap” to “/dev/zvol/dsk/mnt/swap” and save the file.

Finally Reboot the instance.

64-bit AMI Rebundling Changes:

Replace the ec2-bundle-image command in the Getting Started Guide (Page 10) with the following:

ec2-bundle-image -c $EC2_CERT -k $EC2_PRIVATE_KEY   \\
  --kernel aki-846483ed --ramdisk ari-876483ee \\
  --block-device-mapping "root=rpool/52@0,ami=0,ephemeral0=1,ephemeral1=2,ephemeral2=3,ephemeral3=4" \\
  --user $EC2_USER_ACCOUNT_NUMBER --arch x86_64 \\
  -i $DIRECTORY/$IMAGE -d $DIRECTORY/parts

Support:

Wednesday Apr 29, 2009

Glassfish 2.1 and MySQL 5.1 AMI now available in Europe

GlassFish AMI Now Available on Amazon EC2 in Europe! 

We are very happy to broaden the availability of the latest GlassFish AMI on Amazon EC2 in the European Region. This AMI is based on the OpenSolaris 2008.11 base AMI and does not need registration.

Following are the details of this new AMI:

GlassFish 32-bit AMI:

ami-e8c1e99c aki-661c3412 / ari-601c3414

Manifest: sun-osol-2008-11-eu/Glassfish_2008.11_32_1.0.img.manifest.xml

To run this AMI in Europe, change the following environment variables before launching the AMI:

EC2_URL="https://eu-west-1.ec2.amazonaws.com"
LOCATION="EU"

The other env variables remain the same.

NOTE:  a unique <your-keypair-name> must be generated for each region before launching an AMI.(Use ec2-add-keypair <name> > keypairfile after setting the above env variables).


Thursday Aug 21, 2008

OpenSolaris supports EBS - provides capability to create ZFS

How to use EBS with OpenSolaris AMI  

MySQL

Today Amazon Web Services announced  the availability of the most awaited feature of Persistent Storage (officially called as  Elastic Block Storage) on Amazon EC2 cloud. And, we are excited to announce that OpenSolaris does support creating ZFS file system on EBS. ZFS is the default file system in OpenSolaris and provides data integrity by 128-bit checksumming and has Rollback features to roll back any changes in the file system to a previous consistent state.

For detailed information on using EBS with the OpenSolaris AMI, please refer the document "Using EBS with OpenSolaris AMI"

 As an EC2 user, you probably know, running database servers on EC2 instances required you to put together mechanisms to backup the databases since the local storage wasn't persistent and would go away once the instances were shutdown or crashed. EBS solves this problem and provides local persistent storage which can be attached the running instances for database servers such as MySQL. Since MySQL is the most popular open source database server on EC2, it stands to benefit the most from EBS. Here's a link to Amazon Web services article on benefits of using EBS for MySQL. One of the benefits that I would like to highlight is:

Improved performance - Early reports from studies on EBS disk IO performance indicate that EBS IO rates can be multiple times faster than ephemeral storage and even local disk IO. This has obvious benefits for databases which are often IO bound.

Since, EBS provides capability to create file systems on the volumes, users can now take advantage of ZFS on EBS and you may get improved performance for certain workloads and database sizes. Here is an interesting article on MySQL and ZFS and performance comparison of ZFS Vs UFS file system (I think its OK to assume, ext3 will be comparable to UFS and hence these numbers may be a good comparison between Ext3 file system and ZFS

I am sure you'll find EBS feature useful and even better take advantages of ZFS on EBS. If you have any feedback or comments, as always, please send them to us via ec2-solaris-support [AT] SUN [DOT] COM.

Wednesday Aug 13, 2008

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:


Tuesday Jul 15, 2008

ALERT: Down time

ALERT: Amazon just informed that the Pinotage endpoint server will be down for scheduled maintenance on Wednesday starting at 2AM PDT. The maintenance is scheduled to last for 2 - 3hours. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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