Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Possible Duplicate:
Is it possible to obtain a copy of Amazon Linux for use outside AWS

Does anyone know if it's possible to copy an Amazon Web Services EC2 image of a server back to a local machine and run it in Virtual Box? From research I can see that it's possible to do the reverse, take a Virtual Box image and migrate it to AWS, but I'm not sure if you can copy a live server setup to Virtual Box for development.

I've recently taken over a project being hosted on AWS EC2. The project requires linux and a fair bit of custom configuration to run, so this seamed the best way to setup a dev environment (our development machines are Macs).

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by Iain, Shane Madden, Ben Pilbrow, Scott Pack, MDMarra Nov 15 '11 at 19:41

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

3 Answers 3

According to this answer: Is it possible to obtain a copy of Amazon Linux for use outside AWS

You can use ec2-unbundle to download any AMI you control.

share|improve this answer

Last time I checked, there wasn't a way to port them out - can you run DEV using a cloned machine in AWS?

share|improve this answer

You might take a look at VMware Converter - http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/. It has the ability to convert live running systems into VMware format, which VirtualBox can mount. The resulting image may require some driver updates for VirtualBox optimizations.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.