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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?

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

    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.

    thanks

    KD

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