When a new instance is launched in a cloud, a server is built with a base machine image. As a convenience to our users, we provide the ability to launch a variety of different images directly within the Dashboard. You can launch a working server directly from an image, but we strongly recommend using ServerTemplates if you want to create a reproducible setup or make further changes to it once it's launched. Best practices are incorporated within ServerTemplates. See ServerTemplates.
Servers that are launched directly from images cannot be added to Deployments.
As a convenience to our users, we provide the ability to launch a variety of different images directly within the Dashboard. A list of (Machine) Images, Kernel Images, and Ramdisk Images are displayed below.
- Personal - Images that you create and register. Only registered images will be listed.
- Shared - Images that other have shared with you.
- RightImages - RightImages are a CentOS 5 image and a Fedora Core 6 image that are built specifically for Amazon EC2 servers. The latest RightImages are used by all of RightScale's published ServerTemplates.
- Amazon - Amazon's machine images (AMI)
- RHEL - Red Hat Enterprise Linux images
- rBuilder - rBuilder images
- Others - Catch all of sorts for any other image types.
With an AMI you can:
- Launch - Launch a new EC2 instance using the selected AMI.
- Replicate an Image to Different EC2 Regions
- Create a Custom RightImage (AMI)
- Test a Custom RightImage (AMI)
- Create a New MultiCloud Image