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Sharing an Amazon AMI Windows test environment

by creamygoodness (Curate)
on Mar 13, 2012 at 00:25 UTC ( #959205=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
creamygoodness has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

My main development machine is an OS X laptop, but for years I have run Windows systems (standalone, on a bootcamp volume, or via various virtualization systems), in order to test projects I work on for Windows compatibility. I'd like to get out of the business of maintaining local Windows systems (and cease buying Windows licenses), so today I tried setting up an Amazon EC2 Windows Server 2008 instance with ActivePerl, Cygwin, Strawberry Perl and MSVC++ 2010 Express. Everything went smoothly.

From here, there are a couple options:

  • Keep the EC2 instance around, logging in occasionally.
  • Create an AMI (Amazon Machine Image) to serve as a template, and create a new EC2 instance off of it every once in a while.

Regardless of which path we go down, my own problems are solved: no more maintaining a local Windows box!

However, the AMI path has another advantage: I have some collaborators who do not have easy access to Windows machines but who do have access to EC2, and I can share the AMI with them.

Is there anybody around here who has set up something similar? Any comments or advice?

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Re: Sharing an Amazon AMI Windows test environment
by kevind0718 (Scribe) on May 07, 2013 at 15:57 UTC

    I am heading down the same path. However I would need Java, Active Perl and a database.
    I lean towards Postgresql, because I have worked with it in the past. My prior experience (6 years ago) with MySQL was not good.
    Oh would also need MS Office.

    So my question: Did you work with someone at Amazon to build an AMI or did you select a preconfigured one.

    Any feedback on your experience would be helpful.



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