<h1 id="restoringyourdesktoposasec2instance">Restoring your desktop OS as EC2 instance</h1> <h2 id="howtorestoreyourdesktoposasanec2instance">How to restore your desktop OS as an EC2 instance</h2> <h2 id="problem">Problem</h2> <p>Amazon EC2 - is a virtual cloud compute engine. It allows you launch instances with various operating systems and manage them. </p> <p>CloudBerry Backup can perform disaster recovery straight to EC2 instance.</p> <p>Many of our customers ask us, “Is it possible to restore my Windows 7, or my Windows 8, or other OS as an EC2 instance?” And the answer is Yes! </p> <p>Follow the steps below and spin up your desktop OS in the cloud.</p> <h2 id="resolution">Resolution</h2> <ul> <li><p>Before you begin, you should be aware of some limitations and steps without which it would be impossible to import your desktop OS to AWS environment:</p></li> <li><p>Don’t forget about the role of <a href="http://www.cloudberrylab.com/blog/how-to-configure-vmimport-role/">VMimport</a> in your AWS account;</p></li> <li><p>VM Import/Export supports importing Windows instances with the following file systems: MBR-partitioned volumes that are formatted using the NTFS file system and GUID-Partition-Table-partitioned volumes are not supported;</p></li> <li><p>Your Windows instance should be BIOS-booted. Currently, Amazon EC2 service doesn’t have an option to enable UEFI booting of instances;</p></li> <li><p>During the restoration process you must select the “Create an AMI (Amazon Machine Image)” option. It will create an AMI in your AWS account before launching an EC2 instance;</p></li> </ul> <h2 id="restoreyourwindows7windows8windows10asec2">Restore your Windows7/Windows8/Windows10 as EC2</h2> <p>On the main toolbar, click <strong>Restore</strong>, select “Restore as Amazon EC2 Instance” and don’t forget to select the “Create AMI (Amazon Machine Image)” checkbox.</p> <p><img src="/content/images/46b799ed-84c8-4c2c-ba5c-55be4e0787ff.png" alt="" /></p> <p>Or you can go the easy way and just click </p> <p><strong>Restore to EC2</strong></p> <p>on the main toolbar.</p> <p><img src="/content/images/3d691fb3-60da-4da7-a0d0-bdb304009740.png" alt="" /></p> <p>Specify your target EC2 instance details</p> <p><img src="/content/images/393df61c-6cd0-4813-aef4-08aacabaf57d.png" alt="" /></p> <p>Once your EC2 Instance is restored, you can check created AMI and your restored virtual machine in your AWS account</p> <p><img src="/content/images/bb152c8b-af2a-45f9-a0a7-ddd550c2e15e.png" alt="" /></p> <h2 id="resume">Resume</h2> <p>Now you can restore not only Server versions of OS as EC2 with Cloudberry, but you can restore Windows7 / Windows8 / Windows10 as well. Cloudberry always tries to fit the latest updates in the cloud world. According to the AWS <a href="http://docs.aws.amazon.com/vm-import/latest/userguide/vmimport-image-import.html?shortFooter=true#prerequisites-image">documentation</a>, you can use a bunch of operating systems that can be imported to EC2.</p> <p>In this topic we are talking about Desktop OS versions. Here at Cloudberry we have tested the restore with Windows7(x64), Windows8(x64) and Windows10(x64).</p> <p>Just don’t forget that: 1. Your system must be BIOS booted; 2. Your volumes must be MBR-partitioned; 3. You need choose “Create an AMI (Amazon Machine Image)” option. Otherwise you will get “ClientError: Unsupported Windows OS”.</p> <p>Download <a href="https://www.cloudberrylab.com/">CloudBerry Backup</a> and give it a try!</p>