I would like to create an ISO of my AWS EC2 server so that I can use that as a development test environment on my local machine. Is this possible?
Not to ISO - that's usually used for installations, not as a format for snapshots.
You can export EC2 to VMDK, VHD or OVA formats which can be used in VirtualBox, VMWare or other VM systems. Check out Exporting an Instance as a VM Using VM Import/Export
Hope that helps :)
ISO is not the right format for exporting virtual machine disks. It is usually used for software installations.
You can export your EC2 server as a virtual machine disk. I would recommend using the StarWind V2V converter for this purpose.
You have several options for using this tool. First one is connecting to your AWS EC2 instance remotely:
Another option is installing the tool inside the EC2 instance and selecting the P2V option. You can export the instance into a hypervisor of your choice, directly to another cloud or a local file:
The options include various virtual machine disk formats like VHD(X), VMDK, QCOW and IMG/RAW which is the closest one to ISO.
This application has a small footprint of 38MB and is completely free to use. I hope it will help you.
You can V2V or P2V from inside your VM to the pretty much any VM format you like.
An ISO is just an image of the disk.
Amazon doesn't give you a way to make this directly, but your server's disk is just a normal EBS volume, and if you boot up another fresh EC2 instance you can attach your server's EBS volume to the fresh instance.
Once it's attached to another system, you can SSH to that system to make an image of it like any other hard drive, e.g.
ssh email@example.com "dd if=/dev/sdf bs=4M" | dd of=drive.iso bs=4M
No, you cannot create an ISO of an EC2 instance.
Generally speaking, there's no way to "export" an EC2 instance so that it can be used locally.
AWS does have a VM Import/Export service, however, that won't work for EC2 instances that originated on EC2. The only way to export an EC2 instance using that service is to have imported it from a local VM in the first place.