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Easy points here (cash in on my laziness!), but I'm not seeing an EBS backed Windows 2003 instance from the Amazon public AMIs repo. Do I have to roll my own?

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The only Windows instances that AWS offers above the fold are 2008 ones. 2003R2 is there if you hunt for them, including SQL varieties.

AWS AMI browser showing Windows

Don't use the quick-launcher to find them.

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Ok, just saw this (aws.amazon.com/amis/AWS/3180), but not sure if it's EBS backed or not. Need 32-bit as I want a small instance. –  gravyface Feb 7 '12 at 19:23
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doh, says it right in the description (lazy and unobservant today!) –  gravyface Feb 7 '12 at 19:24

Amazon does offer Windows Server 2003 R2 in EBS - it is just not 'on display'. Look under the community AMIs, and filter by Amazon Images. The following come up when I search (all are EBS backed and 'official' Amazon images):

ami-0391476a - amazon/Windows-2003R2-i386-Base-2012.01.12
ami-0791476e - amazon/Windows-2003R2-SqlExpress-2012.01.12
ami-0b8b5d62 - amazon/Windows-2003R2-SqlStandard-2012.01.12
ami-1f914776 - amazon/Windows-2003R2-Base-2012.01.12
ami-31914758 - amazon/Windows-2003R2-i386-SqlExpress-2012.01.12
ami-35f5235c - amazon/Windows-2003R2-i386-BaseMultiLang-2012.01.12
ami-49f12720 - amazon/Windows-2003R2-SQLStandardMultiLang-2012.01.12
ami-4bf52322 - amazon/Windows-2003R2-SQLExpressMultiLang-2012.01.12
ami-c5f721ac - amazon/Windows-2003R2-i386-SQLExpressMultiLang-2012.01.12
ami-e5f5238c - amazon/Windows-2003R2-BaseMultiLang-2012.01.12

Slightly more elegantly, you can use ec2-describe-instances to get the same result (I am using i386, because of your comment, above):

ec2-describe-images --filter "is-public=true" --filter "architecture=i386" --filter "platform=windows" --filter "image-type=machine" --filter "root-device-type=ebs"  --owner "amazon"

IMAGE   ami-0391476a    amazon/Windows-2003R2-i386-Base-2012.01.12                      amazon  available       public      i386    machine      windows     ebs     hvm     xen      BLOCKDEVICEMAPPING      /dev/sda1       snap-02fc9c66   20
IMAGE   ami-35f5235c    amazon/Windows-2003R2-i386-BaseMultiLang-2012.01.12             amazon  available       public      i386    machine      windows     ebs     hvm     xen      BLOCKDEVICEMAPPING      /dev/sda1       snap-80463ee4   20
IMAGE   ami-31914758    amazon/Windows-2003R2-i386-SqlExpress-2012.01.12                amazon  available       public      i386    machine      windows     ebs     hvm     xen      BLOCKDEVICEMAPPING      /dev/sda1       snap-9ee787fa   20
IMAGE   ami-c5f721ac    amazon/Windows-2003R2-i386-SQLExpressMultiLang-2012.01.12       amazon  available       public      i386    machine      windows     ebs     hvm     xen      BLOCKDEVICEMAPPING      /dev/sda1       snap-4c7a0228   20

(The above returns both Windows 2003 and 2008 - so either grep, or select by hand - obviously the difference between the two result sets is because the latter is limited to i386 only. The above command does appear to need a key and certificate to run).

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