Amazon Machine Images
In the last few chapters we have focused on creating and managing instances. This chapter is about the templates we use to create those instances. Amazon refers to these templates as Amazon Machine Images (AMIs). In this chapter we will explore the AMIs that already exist, and we will discuss how to create your own AMI and share it with others. Finally, we learn how to import a VM from VMware or Hyper-V into AWS.
Many users will never have occasion to create a custom AMI. Most users will be happy with the countless images that Amazon and its partners make available. But some users will want to have complete control ...