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AWS EBS Snapshots for Windows EC2/VPC Instances

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After scouring through the Amazon Web Services (AWS) management console I discovered that there is, in fact, no GUI method for scheduling elastic block store (EBS) snapshots. Snapshots are one of the great good glories of virtualization in my opinion. Being keen to put an automated solution in place I consulted Google and found this excellent guide to installing the EC2 command line tools necessary to code up a script which can be scheduled from the task manager to kickoff snapshot events from the instance OS…

http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/WindowsGuide/InstallEC2CommandLineTools.html

And then I found this great blog post by Ian Ehlert…

http://www.codinginthecrease.com/news_article/show/274131?referrer_id=930667-home

*edit 10/20/13* The new version of the s3 command line tools for Windows was released recently, and it makes the installation process as snap (important if you are running a bunch of servers) as is now supports a config file.

http://docs.aws.amazon.com/cli/latest/userguide/cli-chap-getting-set-up.html#install-msi-on-windows

Good stuff.

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