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How can I attach an EBS snapshot volume to a new node in Amazon EC2?

Advanced customization of Amazon EC2 instances — attaching snapshots


In some cases there is a need to automatically attach an EBS volume created from a snapshot to a newly-created node. The script (cm-attach-ec2-snapshot) attached to the end of this article can help to solve this, or a similiar, task.

In order to use the script, some changes should be made to the software image of the node.


yum install

First of all, some packages should be installed:

yum install cmdaemon-pythonbinding python-boto cluster-tools

ebs volume configuration file

Also, a snapshot configuration file /etc/ebs_volume.conf should be created

Sample contents:


— name of the cloud provider in Bright Cluster Manager

snapshot_id — the ID of a snapshot to be used for EBS volume creation

volume_device — the device name to be attached (e.g. /dev/sdf). Note that the real device name will probably differ from this value, and will be printed by a script at the end of its execution.

script placed in software image, path to script appended to rc.local

The script itself (cm-attach-ec2-snapshot) should be placed in the software image, and a path to it should be appended to /etc/rc.local

Sample /etc/rc.local file:

#!/bin/sh -e
exit 0

finalize script instance metadata grab
The finalize script for the node should also be modified to include the following command:

wget -q -O /localdisk/etc/instance_metadata


After all is set, when the machine starts the script it will create an EBS volume from a snapshot id specified in /etc/ebs_volume.conf, attach it to a running instance, and print the new block devices.

attached files: cm-attach-ec2-snapshot

Tags: amazon, cloud, ebs, ec2, snapshot, volume

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