I am a newbie to ec2 and have been using a micro instance for the past couple weeks. I am interested in "upgrading" to a small or large instance, is there a way I can do this using the AWS Console? If so, what happens to the EBS storage the micro image uses?


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You can use the control panel:

  • stop your instance
  • create an AMI
  • start new machine from this AMI, this time selecting another instance type

You can't do this through the console, as far as I know -- you need to use the API. The EBS storage won't be affected.

  • How do I go about using the API? Can I connect to my instance using ssh and call the API from there?
    – user67457
    Jan 19, 2011 at 21:16
  • Sure you can, anytime you launch an AMI you can pick the instance type in the top right. Apr 28, 2013 at 9:26
  • You can now, but you couldn't back in January 2011. Amazon keep upgrading the web console's functionality.
    – Mike Scott
    Apr 28, 2013 at 10:48

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