How to Restore to Amazon EC2 Instance

CloudBerry Managed Backup Services providers a new option for restoring your system image - restoring to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance. You can back up your physical server or any virtual machine (VMware, Hyper-V) using Image-based backup then restore it to Amazon EC2 instance and continue working with that particular EC2 instance having all your data and system environment settings.

How to Restore to Amazon EC2

1. Launch Managed Backup client, click Restore button on the toolbar and follow the Restore Wizard steps to create a new restore plan.

2. In the "Type of Data" step of the Wizard, select Restore Image Based Backup option.

3. Then select the Restore as Amazon EC2 Instance option.

You may, want to use the Create AMI (Amazon Machine Image) option:

  • This Create AMI option allows you to create an Amazon machine image (based on your image backup configuration) in addition to a restored EC2 instance. The restored EC2 instance will be run automatically and it will have a public IP address. The created Amazon machine image can be used for setting up other EC2 instances in future. You can find Amazon machine images on the IMAGES section of the AWS EC2 Management Console

  • Note: To create the AMI, you need to configure an IAM role that has the required permissions to perform actions within EC2 (recommended). Alternatively, you can go with a specific vmimport role (not recommended).

    Note: With Create AMI option you can restore Desktop OS.

  • Without Create AMI option, you will have a restored EC2 instance but there will be no image on Amazon. For the restored EC2 instance you will have to configure a public IP address (Elastic IP) manually in the AWS EC2 Management Console.

4. The next step is to specifying Target EC2 Instance details:

5.Choose whether to use a temporary instance.

If yes, then specify the details.

  • Select Account - choose Amazon S3 account where you want to create EC2 instance. This list contains Amazon S3 accounts that are specified in the MBS control panel (Storage Accounts tab).
  • Use temporary EC2 instance - this option allows you to run a restore job directly on Amazon S3. It sets up a temporary EC2 instance (Windows Server 2012). The temporary EC2 instance will be terminated when the restore completes.

  • Target EC2 instance details:
    • Region - select a region where to restore an EC2 instance. We recommend to use the same region where you store your image backup.
    • Start instance after restore - this option allows to start an EC2 instance right after the restore (available if you don't use Create AMI option).
    • Instance type - select instance type for the EC2 instance. For a list of instance types, see Instance Families and Types.
    • Subnet - specify a subnet that you want to launch the instance into.
    • Security group - specify a security group to assign to the Amazon EC2 instance.

6. Complete the rest of the Restore Wizard steps to create and customize your restore plan.

Finally, you can find the restored server in Amazon EC2 Management Console:

Conclusion

The new option - Restore to EC2 instance - allows you to set up EC2 instances based on your image backups. This option is available for all build types except Desktop/Server, learn more at Comparison table.