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Amazon EC2, fastest way to get a node into an existing cluster

I'm new to Amazon AWS. A lot of the time I hear about people folks spawning instances and almost instantly putting them behind a load balancer and into an existing cluster. In the traditional world ...
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In Amazon Web Services what does AMI number signify

I am trying to create an Amazon EC2 instance. I want to create a micro, 64-bit, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS instance. In Amazon Web Services I have seen all instance have AMI numbers. Now I found two ami(s) ...
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Django syncdb can't connect to MySQL on seperate EC2 Instance

I am trying to deploy a django app on AWS with a setup where I have one EC2 instance that is running nginx/uwsgi and a second EC2 instance where I have MySQL 5.5 installed. Both belong to the default ...
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Scaling up 32-bit EC2 instance to 64-bit

I have an EC2 instance running. It was launched out of a 32-bit AMI. Now I want to scale up to 'Extra Large' size. Is there a way to do it? Through the admin console, it is not allowed. If at all I ...
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Why is my AWS instance not reachable?

Yesterday, I created a new instance but I cannot connect to it. Tried pinging it from my computer, online ping sites etc but it is just not reachable. In the AWS console. everything seems to be ...
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Amazon Elastic Load Balancing http to https

I am currently using Amazon EC2 and running a Node.js application, however the HTTPS handshake etc. is now becomming a bottleneck, so I was wondering if this is possible: 2 EC2 instances running ...
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Any advantage to building from source if I can get it from repo of a similar distro

I'm using Amazon Linux AMI, which seems to be some RHEL or CentOS offshoot. I've read that it should be binary compatible with RHEL. My question is: is there any advantage to compile a package from ...
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Optimized raid 0 configuration for Amazon EC2 hi1.4xlarge

How do I know what is the best configuration for RAID 0 (mdadm create options) between the to ephemeral drives?
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how to change password of AWS EC2 instance

I am logging in my AWS EC2 instance using winscp/putty as root using a .ppk file which has imported-openssh-key. Earlier it was shared with many ppl, who are all gone, so now I have to change it in ...
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Amazon AWS: SSL in our testing environment

My company has a running business web service on AWS which uses a wildcard SSL certificate (works for *.example.com). Multiple partners have subdomains and need SSL (https://partner1.example.com, ...
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Amazon EC2 and EBS

This is a follow up question to this post, as I'm trying to get my head wrapped around all these cloud hosting services: Scaling a cloud-based ecommerce site I had stumbled upon a blog and this: ...
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AWS: how to stop cloud-init from disabling root login

On AWS I have managed to create an AMI with a modified Ubuntu 12.04 LTS amd64. I've added lots of packages and much of our own code and files. The cloud init is still there, and I'm sure should ...
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Multi-domain DNS configuration with Route53

I am configuring a few domain names in Route53 and am looking for some advice on best practices for setting things up. Here is the scenario: Let's say domain1.com is my master corporate domain, and I ...
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AWS: How can I attach an AMI as a non-root device/volume?

Is there a way to attach an AMI, or a copy thereof, to an instance? This would be a non-pay public Linux AMI. An example would be the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS AMI. But I don't want to be limited to just ...
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AWS: How do I create an EBS AMI from a scratch image or file tree?

I have a file tree in a directory. This is used to build bootable systems on hard drives and flash drives. I've also used it to build images for virtual machines. I would like to make an AWS AMI ...
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Amazon Micro Instance Crashed - Help Me Figure Out Why?

I am running an Amazon AWS Micro Linux Instance and it crashed during some "light" usage a few days ago. I am running an app that uploads photos to the server. We had maybe 10 users uploading multiple ...
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MySQL in amazon AWS: backup and disaster recovery - EBS snapshots v/s RDS

I will be uploading a web application to amazon ec2 instance in the next couple of weeks. I am using : windows server 2008 r2 64 bit as an amazon instance along with a 30 GB EBS. The only confusion i ...
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Send commands to EC2 Ubuntu instance

I create an instance automated with the AWS SDK and want some shell scripts to be executed by the box once it boots up the first time. BUT only on certain conditions, so I cant place this scripts in ...
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set up single directory ftp access for customer on Ubuntu

I have a user who like to use the our Bitnami AWS ec2 instance to store podcasts. Up to this point they have been using http://www.lemonzdream.com/podcastmaker/ with MobileMe. Now that MM is dead, ...
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Has anyone achieved Level 1 PCI compliance on AWS?

All the FAQs, documents and statements published by AWS aside, did any Level 1 merchant actually achieve PCI compliance on AWS yet? We're evaluating moving some of our services to EC2/VPC, but our ...
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Storing pages with only client-side code in S3 over full EC2?

Question: Would storing pages in S3 with only client-side code reduce costs in comparison to hosting them in Amazon's EC2? Background: Right now I use a cms to manage all of my pages and users for a ...
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Elastic Map Reduce with S3 Readonly Permissions

I'm running a few EMR jobflows, and populating hive tables directly from S3. Naturally, it would not be ideal to drop these tables, and so I'm wondering: Is it possible to run EMR jobflows such that ...
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Connect .Net web app to a MySQL DB all in AWS

What do I need to do to allow my web app running on Win2k8 in AWS to connect to my MySQL database server also running in AWS?
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Deploying site on Amazon Beantalk and IIS settings

I am interested in working with Amazon Elastic Beantalk to deploy my new site. A few things that I need to know and can't get an answer to: 1) How can I maintain IIS settings of all deployed and ...
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How do I start MySQL server in an Amazon AWS Elastic Beanstalk instance? [duplicate]

I am relatively new LAMP dev who is trying to learn Linux primarily through AWS. I have a live Elastic Beanstalk instance up and running. I did a yum install of the following packages: mysql55.x86_64 ...
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What is the difference between a plain Amazon ec2 instance and beanstalk?

I am a solo developer and the sites I'm deploying are very small, usually hobby sites and I have a few questions about the Amazon services. Is there a reason for me to use beanstalk or should I just ...
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amazon dynamoDB or MySQL for storing large arrays inside each row

I am trying to decide which database I should use for an application I'm making. I was leaning toward dynamoDB because of its scalability, but then I read in the documentation which said: there ...
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Can I use AWS Multi-Factor Authentication to create a role for people to access an EC2 website?

I am a bit unclear about the AWS MFA... I have a website on EC2 which is restricted in the security group to the IP addresses of our clients. Our clients would like to have some way of accessing ...
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Should a stream server be seperate from a web server? [closed]

I'm going to be playing with Amazon's web services. I'm going to install Ubuntu 12.04 and start setting up my server stack. Once of the projects I wanted to work on involed a red5 server. My question ...
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How to combine AWS and dedicated external servers?

I have an extensive network of servers all currently hosted on AWS EC2. For reasons of cost I plan to gradually migrate to dedicated servers where possible. So: How can I best combine AWS and ...
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Connect to memcached using PHP on Windows

I have a memcached server (on AWS ElastiCache) and need to connect to it using PHP on Windows (IIS not WAMP). Is this possible? I have found php_memcache.dll but this doesn't appear to work with ...
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RDS Replication across regions

We are using Amazon AWS for our web services but given the recent instabilities in their infrastructure, we are trying to figure out how to run our application across multiple regions for additional ...
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Printing from Amazon VPC Windows Remote Desktop Server

I spun up a Remote Desktop Server instance on Amazon's Virtual Private Cloud service... What's the best/easiest way to print from the VPC to local printers? The local printers are IP based, but not ...
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Google c2dm transient 401 errors on some AWS instances

How can we figure out why we're getting occasional 401 errors from the Google c2dm push service on some AWS instances when asking c2dm to deliver a notification? This is a transient problem. All AWS ...
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Is a DNS root record required?

I am hosting a site off of Amazon S3 and hence can't point the root record, ie: domain.com to an Alias. The www.domain.com points to the S3 endpoint. Do I have to have a root record and does it have ...
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Keeps “SSH timeout” error in our AWS instance- how do i diagnose?

I am befuddled by this error. We keep failing to SSH into our AWS instance, whether it is is deployment or via console. I have tried rebooting a few times, but it does not seem to be helping. Here ...
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startup script not executing on amazon linux

i'm trying to forward syslog to logentries.com which requires a line added to /etc/rsyslog.conf , so far so good. however, i'm running on amazon elastic beanstalk and have 3 environments ...
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Amazon S3 - Automated Backup Using S3Sync, Windows Schedule & BAT file

I am trying to build an automated background backup program to backup my entire website and its heavy photo folders, using Amazon's cloud storage service, S3. I am using S3Sync from S3Tools and have ...
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404 page not found on apache server

I'm trying to get my feet wet with amazon web services and have SSH my instance and created a user, named logan, with admin rights. I then connected to the EC2 instance with the username and password ...
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Sticky Load Balancing with AWS

I have just setup a load balancer with AWS for a few instances as search engine crawlers were bringing down the site (it has millions of pages). Parts of the site allow you to login so I selected: ...
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Amazon AWS EC2 Instances - Light, Medium and Heavy utilization - what is the technical difference?

I'm trying to understand the (more than) various EC2 options at Amazon AWS. In the documentation, they describe what each utilization type is best suited for, along with what hardware the instance ...
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Are EC2 public DNS names associated with Elastic IPs stable?

When I spin up a machine in us-west-2 and give it an elastic IP, it gets a public DNS hostname like ec2-XXX-XXX-XXX-XXX.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com When I spin up a machine in us-east-1 and ...
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How to change the URL on my Amazon EC2 webserver

I am at the point in playing around with EC2 that I have launched a webserver. Right now, the website URL looks like http://ec2-<some numbers>.compute-1.amazonaws.com/ I am evaluating the ...
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How to set up AWS EC2 with apache

I am new to AWS and I have some basic set up questions that I can't find answers to. 1) I have created an EC2 instance using the default Amazon Linux AMI. How can I install apache? Then how can I ...
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Deploy an AWS Auto Scaling groups using Chef Server

You can, for example, to deploy an an Auto Scaling groups consists of web severs, ELB and DB using AWS CloudFormation (with Chef server): ...
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Joomla performance problems on AWS

I'm running a site on AWS with the following setup: Single m1.small instance (web server) Single RDS m1.small db Joomla 1.5 Generally, the site is performant, but is fairly low-traffic - say ...
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AWS - bigger EC2 instance or DB split

I am running a website of off a small EC2 instance. The memory on the instance is maxed out, mostly due to SQL server process. I am thinking about either upgrading to a medium instance or staying with ...
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Poor performance on Amazon RDS instance

I'm doing some load/stress testing on a PHP web application that is backed by a Small RDS database instance. When I hit the website with ~50 concurrent web requests, the RDS database just stops ...
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AWS RDS Write I/O is really high

Is this way too high? How can we improve this?
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No clue for high load average on top

We have several machines on Amazon (ec2) of the type c1.xlarge with 16 cpus, running the Amazon AMI. Details on the machine: 7 GB of memory 20 EC2 Compute Units (8 virtual cores with 2.5 EC2 Compute ...