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Create an S3-based Image from an EC2 Instance

Specify the following information:

  • Name - Provide a name for the new image. Amazon will not let you change this name once the image has been created. Note: You can also add an editable 'nickname' with an image, however it only has relevance within the RightScale platform.
  • Description - Description for the new image.
  • Instance - Select which active instance you would like to bundle. The current viewable instance is preselected. You can only bundle instances that were launched with an S3-based (not EBS-based) image.
  • S3 Bucket (required) - The name of the S3 bucket where the new image will be stored.
  • Kernel - The kernel that you want to use for your instance. (optional)
  • Ramdisk - The ramdisk that you want to use for your image. (optional)
  • Root Volume Size (in MB) - The size of the instance's root disk. Maximum of 10GB (10240MB). If you require larger disk sizes for your AMIs, you can use an EBS-based AMI, which uses a bootable EBS Snapshot. (Default = 10240)
Clouds > AWS Region > EBS Volumes > Show > Bundle


When a new instance is launched in a cloud, a server is built with a base machine image. You can launch a working server directly from an image, but we strongly recommend using ServerTemplates if you want to create a reproducible setup or make further changes to it once it's launched. Best practices are incorporated within ServerTemplates. See ServerTemplates.

Note: Servers that are launched directly from images cannot be added to Deployments.

As a convenience to our users, we provide the ability to launch a variety of different images directly within the Dashboard. A list of (Machine) Images, Kernel Images, and Ramdisk Images are displayed below.

  • Personal - Images that you create and register. Only registered images will be listed.
  • Shared - Images that other have shared with you.
  • RightImages - RightImages are a CentOS 5 image and a Fedora Core 6 image that are built specifically for Amazon EC2 servers. The latest RightImages are used by all of RightScale's published ServerTemplates.
  • Amazon - Amazon's machine images (AMI)
  • RHEL - Red Hat Enterprise Linux images
  • rBuilder - rBuilder images
  • Others - Catch all of sorts for any other image types.


  • Launch - Launch a new EC2 instance using the selected AMI.
Clouds > AWS Region > EC2 Images > Index

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View general information about a specific Amazon image.

  • AWS id - Unique ID assigned by Amazon when the image is created.
  • Location - Location of the image.
  • State - State of the image. When you create and register an image, you must wait for Amazon to approve it and make it 'available' before you can use it to launch instances. (e.g. pending, available, deregistered) If an image is locked, its state cannot be changed.
  • Type - The type of image. (e.g. machine image, kernel image, ramdisk image)
  • AWS architecture - Hardware architecture used. For example, i386 (32-bit), x86_64 (64-bit), etc.
  • Public - The public availability status of the image. An image is either public or private. You can make an image public under the Image Sharing section. Requires 'actor' role privileges.
  • Owner - AWS account number who owns the image. Image ownership is based on an AWS account number, not a RightScale account.
  • Root device type - The location of the root file system (local or ebs).
  • Root device name - If you're using an EBS-based image, the name of the device where the created volume will be mounted on the instance will be shown. (e.g. /dev/sda1)
  • Description - Description of the image. The description must be defined when the image is created. (optional)
  • Locked by - If the image is locked, the email address of the user who locked the image will be displayed. Only personal images can be locked. When an image is locked, its state cannot be changed and the tags can no longer be edited.
  • Tags - Tags can only be added to an image by the owner of the image. Remember, images are cloud resources that exist outside of RightScale, whereas tagging is a RightScale-specific feature. A user will need 'actor' user role privileges in a RightScale account in order to add/edit/delete a tag in the RightScale Dashboard. Tags are also global, so if you add/edit/delete an image's tag, it will be reflected in all accounts that have access to it. Tags will be preserved when an image is replicated to another EC2 region. Tags cannot be edited if the image is locked.

Image Sharing
You can share EC2 images with others so that they can use your private images to launch instances. You can either make an image public, in which case all EC2 users will have access to it, or you can share an image with a specific EC2 user(s). In the latter case you need to enter a user's AWS Account Number (e.g. 1234-5678-1234). The AWS account number is not displayed inside the Dashboard. You must log into your AWS account to retrieve it. Once an image is shared with another user, it will appear under their Shared tab of the RightScale account that is tied to the specified AWS Account Number.

Product Codes
Assign an optional product code.

The date when the image was originally released and when it was last updated.

Action Buttons

  • Replicate - Images are AWS region-specific. i.e. You cannot use an EC2 image that's in 'us-east' to launch instances in the 'us-west' region. However, an image owner can replicate an image (create a duplicate copy) to other AWS regions.
  • Launch - Create a new server using the machine image.
  • Deregister - Deregister an image. A deregistered image can no longer be used to launch new instances, however the AMI will not be deleted from S3. Deregistered images will no longer be visible under the EC2 Images list.
Clouds > AWS Region > EC2 Images > Show
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