[ec2-beta] some feedback on the i386 image

Soren Hansen soren at ubuntu.com
Wed Jan 14 15:32:36 GMT 2009

On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 08:28:54AM +0000, Mark Shuttleworth wrote:
>> Unfortunately on EC2 there is neither an initial password to copy,
>> nor a place to put one securely, nor a place to put the software to
>> do the copying (presuming users are running instances with the
>> standard tools out there).
> Surely the command to "setup an ec2 instance" would be run from the
> users Ubuntu workstation, and that could ssh in to the instance and
> set the password using Kees' method? The user could have been prompted
> during a setup routine to provide that credential, which would then be
> stored in its crypted / hashed form on his workstation.

If we provide command line interfaces in Ubuntu to create EC2 instances,
we can do all sorts of stuff like this, among them add a call to
chpasswd using the user-data section of the runInstances call to EC2 and
set the password to a preset value from the command line or a
configuration file.

Soren Hansen               | 
Virtualisation specialist  | Ubuntu Server Team
Canonical Ltd.             | http://www.ubuntu.com/
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