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Is it possible to run Windows Server 2008 R2 on Amazon EC2? Is it possible to upload your own images of operating systems to Amazon EC2?

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What did Amazon say when you asked them? – John Gardeniers Dec 13 '10 at 0:36
I havn't asked Amazon - if you want any tech support - at all - even if its their fault - you have to sign up for a rolling $100/month "deluxe silver plated tech support package". Go figure. – Contango Dec 14 '10 at 10:43
then don't contact tech support. Call sales instead. These are matters that need to be clarified before signing up. – John Gardeniers Jan 30 '11 at 20:48
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We are pleased to announce that we have added support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server Standard 2008 R2.

Windows Server 2008 R2 includes many exciting new features, such as support for IIS 7.5, additional Active Directory features, new management tools, and performance improvements when deployed on Amazon EC2.

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To my big surprise, Windows 2008 R2 is not yet supported, see this forum post

Plus, you can not upload your own Windows images (license issue, I think it works for Linux).

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Thanks. The reason I'd love R2 is that R1 is basically Vista under the hood, its slow as a dog and has compatibility issues. R2 is basically Win 7, its is an order of magnitude better in most respects. Amazon - please support R2! – Contango Dec 14 '10 at 10:44

This forum post from an Amazon employee (on January 13 2011) says that there is still no date announced for Server 2008 R2 AMIs.

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