amazon-ec2 - type - upgrade ec2 instance without downtime




How to safely upgrade an Amazon EC2 instance from t1.micro to large? (4)

I have an Amazon EC2 micro instance (t1.micro). I want to upgrade this instance to large. This is our production environment, so what is the best and risk-free way to do this?

Is there any step by step guide to do this?


Using the AWS Management Console

  • Go to "Volumes" and create a Snapshot of your instance's volume.
  • Go to "Snapshots" and select "Create Image from Snapshot".
  • Go to "AMIs" and select "Launch Instance" and choose your "Instance Type" etc.


Use the AWS EC2 console, not ElasticFox.

First Way:

  • Create a new AMI of the instance
  • Launch it

Alternative Way:

  • Make a snapshot of the disk
  • Launch a large EBS instance with the same AMI type (please note that at this point the disk will contain the data that was present when this AMI was created, not your latest changes)
  • Once is fully booted, stop the new instance
  • Detach the root volume from the stopped instance
  • Create a virtual disk from the snapshot created before in the same availability zone of the new instance
  • Attach the root volume to /dev/sda1
  • Start the new instance again

Using AWS Management Console:

  • Right-Click on the instance
    • Instance Lifecycle > Stop
    • Wait...
    • Instance Management > Change Instance Type




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