Creating a Linux or UNIX AMI
In Linux and UNIX, there are two common ways to create an AMI that offer a mix of ease of use and detailed customization levels.
Another approach is to build a fresh installation either on a stand-alone machine or on an empty file system mounted by loopback. This essentially entails building an operating system installation from scratch and is described in Creating an AMI through a Loopback File.
After the installation package has been built to your satisfaction, you must bundle it and upload it to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) as described in Bundling an AMI.
Creating a Linux or UNIX AMI requires you to download and install the AMI tools in addition to the API tools. For more information, refer to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Getting Started Guide.
This section provides detailed instructions on creating an AMI. For information on quickly launching an existing AMI, go to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Getting Started Guide.