We have a large number of ubuntu servers currently hosted on AWS EC2. Many of these servers are accessed infrequently and for cost-saving we now want to move these over to our local site and terminate them on Amazon.
Most of the servers are EBS-backed and we have created AMI images of these using the Management Console.
I was hoping to download the existing AMI's and then use these images to build the new servers locally so that we don't have to re-install the application stack and configurations from scratch. 1) Is this possible? 2) How would one go about downloading this AMI? (I was hoping that it would be possible from the management console somehow.) 3) How would the AMI need to be changed so that it can be used for installation?
How can I run the Ubuntu EC2 AMI images locally? seems to suggest an answer, but the article that it links to contains important links that are no longer accessible. It also seems to suggest a rather elaborate process.
https://forums.aws.amazon.com/message.jspa?messageID=204881 seems to suggest that it is possible to do this, but doesn't go into any explanation of how to actually download the image while http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5145286/boot-ec2-ebs-volume-locally suggests that it is not possible.