Create an Image from an Existing EBS-Backed Instance

A common way to create a new image is to customize an existing instance. This topic describes how to create a new image by modifying an existing EBS-backed instance.This example shows how to create a new EBS-backed Eucalyptus image based on an existing EBS-backed Eucalyptus instance.

Log on to an existing Eucalyptus EBS-backed instance and customize the instance. Prepare the image. See for instructions. Create a new image based on the image you just modified by using the eucalyptus-create-image command, specifying a name, a description, and the instance ID of the Eucalyptus instance you customized in the previous step. For example: euca-create-image -n "mynewimage" -d "This is my new custom recycled image" i-1ABCDEFF This command will show the ID of the new machine image and exit immediately. In the background, Eucalyptus will begin the process of creating a new image based on the instance you supplied.

You can monitor the status of the image using the euca-describe-images command, supplying the ID of the image returned from the euca-create-image command. For example:

euca-describe-images i-e12398ab