I got an Email from Amazon that one of my instances was scheduled for retirement. At first I thought it was SPAM but it was followed up by checking the AWS Console to confirm the Email.
I was disappointed because I had only launched the instance 5 days ago and for it to have issues 6 days after you’d think Amazon would’ve planned this and stopped new instances being created on the server.
The other issue is the late notice. I received the Email 1 day before it was due to retire!
Log into AWS Console and go to the EC2 Manager.
Select the instance to clone.
Wait for the image to be created. The status should go from pending to available.
Once it becomes available, select the image and click on the Launch button.
After the server was retired the instance had stopped but still existed. Whilst taking a back up doesn’t hurt (except the wallet).
The perception around AWS being easily deployable and just as easily to tear down is (I’m glad) true as demonstrated by the necessity to move my EC2 instance. It’s a shame the circumstances that were forced on me.