Importing an OpenStack VM into Amazon EC2

Some quick notes for those interested:

  • Install EC2 API TOOLS
  • Set Access and Secret key environment variables:
    • export AWS_ACCESS_KEY=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    • export AWS_SECRET_KEY=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Set up an S3 bucket and secure it to taste, to be specified later
  • If exporting from OpenStack, remove the cloud-init package
  • Note all prep considerations on
  • Export the VM image - I’m using OpenStack (KVM) images in raw format, so these needed no initial conversion. You can also use VHD or VMDK

You need to take the destination region into account - your subnet and S3 bucket be available to the region/availability zone you specify above. The import takes time after the upload is complete - watch progress with ec2-describe-conversion-tasks.