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    Steve Nelson
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    Default Any documentatioin for launching Esri AMI under a reserved instance?

    I just purchased a "Reserved Instance" from Amazon and am trying to find some directions for 'launching' the esri AMIs from within a reserved instance.
    The only directions I can find are for launching esri AMIs from an on demand EC2 Instance.
    Can anyone point me in the right direction for some documentation.
    Thanks
    Steve

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    Default Re: Any documentatioin for launching Esri AMI under a reserved instance?

    Hi Steve,

    In the AWS Management Console if you select 'Reserved Instances' under your instance options on the left, you should be able to select the Esri AMI and start your instance.

    Are you able to see the AMI?

    Andrew

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    Steve Nelson
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    Default Re: Any documentatioin for launching Esri AMI under a reserved instance?

    Hey Andrew,
    No it's not that straight forward.
    It's really 2 seperate steps (at least from my experience the last couple days).

    Step1
    What I've learned now is that you first purchase you "Reserved Instance". (Make sure you pick exactly what you need cause there's no refund etc.)
    When you do, there's no esri AMI to select or search or run.
    You just purchase and start your reserved instance. ($910 for a 1 yr reserved instance using ESRI's recommended Large size).

    Step 2
    The second step is to then create an instance by clicking on the "Instances" link above the Reserved Instance link, and then follow the standard ESRI steps of searching for the esri AMI, etc...the video in the ESRI.com Amazon Resource Centre was really excellent to walk methrough this.

    IMPORTANT - The key bit, is that you need to set up your reserved instance and the instance you create in step 2 above to use the same Region, type, and operating system (Windows). When you do this, your ESRI instance you create automatically falls under your Reserved Instance you created first, and you get the reduced hourly price rate.

    Hope this helps any others trying to get set up under a reserved instance model.
    Steve

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    Hey Steve,

    There's some documentation in the Amazon FAQ's that talk about how to control which instances are billed at the reserve instance rate.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

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    Default Re: Any documentatioin for launching Esri AMI under a reserved instance?

    Steve,
    The important thing to keep in mind is that creating a "reserved" instance is no different than creating an "on-demand" instance from your perspective. Reserved/On-Demand are simply Amazon terms for billing. If you purchased a reserved instance then any hours billed will be applied to that account under the reserved pricing. So, there's no process to create a "reserved" instance, per se. Just create a new instance of the same type that you specified when purchasing the reserved instance. For example, if you have an on-demand instance currently running, you can transform that into a reserved instance just by purchasing the reserved instance. You don't actually do anything from your side...it's all billing. Make sense?
    -Chris

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