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I'm using ec2 to host a windows server (2008 R2).

This server is strictly for serving an ASP.NET MVC website on IIS, nothing more.

Once I have things setup, I want to be able to create duplicate copies of this server (setup wise).

What options do I have?

I know with linux I can use things like puppet.

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If you're looking to make clones-in-all-but-name, you can do this by cloning the AMI to a new system, booting it, and running it through . This will turn that new AMI into a template. When it boots next it'll require minimal setup (name at minimum) and will be a brand new server configured nearly-identically to the source. This method is used when creating, for example, a farm of .NET hosting servers that all need to be at the same code-level, upon which users will install whatever .NET apps they need.

If you're looking for puppet-style boot -> install software -> configure software style processing where to make a change to the process you just modify one config file... that's nigh impossible with Windows at the moment. Puppet is busy building Windows support right now, but isn't there yet. A good synopsis of just this problem was recently posted to the ServerFault blog (link), which is good reading.

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If you just want to create a carbon copy of your Instance, you can create an AMI from it, which can be used to start new, identical instances. Info here: http://docs.amazonwebservices.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/index.html?AMIs.html

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