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I was wondering if creating an EC2 AMI backup, which means taking a snapshot would just save the OS, along with its settings or say, if a program were running and during that I take an EC2 AMI snapshot. The next time I fireup the EC2, I would see the programming running again?


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Running state is not kept in any kind of backup or AMI snapshot, although if you create a new AMI image based on your current running instance all the rest (config files included) will be kept.

Have a look at this awesome Alestic instructions in how to create a new AMI image based on a running instance:

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Thanks indeed for the timely reply! – Wajih Feb 2 '11 at 19:01

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