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I want to purchase some reserved instances, because I have several instances already created and running 24 hours a day. When I go to purchase a Windows instance, I can see 3 options,

  • Windows
  • Windows with SQL Server Standard
  • Windows with SQL server Web

I don't know which of these was used to create the original instance. Is there a way I can find out?

My assumptions: the instance type is is important because as far as I understand, the way to purchase a reserved instance is to first have a running instance, and then purchase a matching reserved instance. The reserved instance is not itself a new machine, but a kind of contract between you and Amazon to pay for an instance for 1 or 3 years, at a discounted rate. The contracted, reserved instance will "offset" one matching running instance where they have the same size and platform. Please feel free to correct me if these assumptions are incorrect.

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Find the AMI ID and Google it? – Michael Hampton Nov 7 '13 at 4:28
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the status of a particular service bought from a specific vendor, and should be answered by the vendor support. – Jenny D Nov 7 '13 at 8:55
that's ridiculous @JennyD - almost all software and infrastructure questions are related to some vendor, open source or otherwise - if you take these questions away what will be left? How does the amazon-web-services tag have 194 followers and over 1378 related questions? – Aligma Nov 8 '13 at 6:14
Your question is essentially "I have this service that I bought but I'm not sure what it is, how can I tell what it is?" It seems to me that the obvious answer is "read your contract; failing that, check with the organization with whom you have the contract". – Jenny D Nov 8 '13 at 9:20
@MichaelHampton that worked, if you add as an answer I can mark it as correct. Thanks for your help. – Aligma Nov 12 '13 at 23:56
up vote 1 down vote accepted

I just look for the AMI ID (it's in your list of instances) and Google it. It always returns a result in the Amazon marketplace.

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If you created your instance from a snapshot, it's harder to find out. – alord1689 Jan 1 '14 at 1:08

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