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How do you go about finding the most "accepted" image for Amazon which allows you to store it as an EBS image. Specifically I'm looking for a CentOS image.

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Actually, your best bet is probably the Amazon Linux AMI: http://aws.amazon.com/amazon-linux-ami/

It's CentOS/RHEL under the hood, so you can use all the CentOS RPMs and such, but you get Amazon's tweaks and improvements so it runs even better in EC2.

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The best practice is to either use the official image provided by the distro (CentOS started to provide these recently). Or to build your own image directly from a kickstart file. Either using a tool like ami-creator, or directly running a kickstart based install on EC2.

We recently wrote a blog post showing how this can easily be done on EC2: http://www.comodit.com/2012/11/26/kickstarting-on-ec2/

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