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Given that you are referring to Windows instances, I assume you'd be using the AWS PowerShell Tools (http://aws.amazon.com/powershell/). You can get the latest AMI by using this command: # Set Region to Japan Set-DefaultAWSRegion ap-northeast-1 # Get AMI for Window 2012 with SQL Standard Get-EC2ImageByName WINDOWS_2012_SQL_SERVER_STANDARD_2012 | Select ...


I can't point on the exact difference but the AMIs have different owners (or maintainer). So it is possible that there are not all packages up-to-date on any image... I assume the AMIs on the ubuntu page are maintained directly by Canonical and the others possibly by Amazon. Most of the time you can choose whatever way you want. I prefer using the EC2 web ...

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