[ec2-beta] Some suggestions

Chuck Short chuck.short at canonical.com
Wed Jan 21 13:13:44 GMT 2009

Hi Joel,

Thanks for the feedback.

On 00:27 Wed 21 Jan     , Joel Natividad wrote:
> Its a great start! And coupled with the AWS Management Console, it should
> make Cloud Computing with Ubuntu a LOT easier.
> Some suggestions though to really set Ubuntu-EC2 apart:
>  * Include ec2-ami-tools in image by default.  It was very useful and I only
> got it when I installed the python-vm-builder-ec2.  Its a must install when
> working with AMIs, IMHO when creating a custom AMI based on ubuntu-ec2.

This should be fixed for the next beta release.

>  * On firstboot, perhaps give an option to create an Elastic Block Store
> Volume.  And if user goes for an EBS volume, intelligently create stuff like
> mysql data and apache logs (if selected from software lists during
> firstboot) on EBS.
> * And when putting persistent data on EBS, also modify apparmor accordingly
> (chased my tail for a while when I tried to move mysql data)

Sounds like a good idea.

> * If EBS option is selected, create scripts to automount EBS volume on boot
> * Tighter landscape.canonical.com integration - perhaps prompt for landscape
> login on firstboot
> On the landscape stuff, perhaps create some EC2 integration smarts:
>  * place to store AWS x509 certificates/keys which firstboot will retrieve
> after logging into landscape  (creates a compelling argument to use
> landscape too)
>  * be able to manage Ubuntu-EC2 AMIs straight from landscape (since you're
> storing AWS certs/keys anyway)
>  * and while I'm in pie-in-the-sky, dreaming mode - ability to do some of
> the stuff ala RightScale

I am not apart of the landscape team but this also sounds like a great idea.
If you have any questions please let me know.

> Looking forward to Ubuntu in the Cloud!
> Joel
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