NotExportable error. Can't export an EC2 instance as OVA image.


It looks like multiple users are facing the same issue from a couple of days ago. As part of our automated release process, the OVA image will be exported at the end. The automation worked well until a couple of days ago. We are seeing the below error.

An error occurred (NotExportable) when calling the CreateInstanceExportTask operation: The snapshot ID (xxx) of the instance neither is owned by current user nor had been previously imported through VMIE.

Here is the command which I used.

aws ec2 create-instance-export-task --instance-id xxx --target-environment vmware - -export-to-s3-task DiskImageFormat=vmdk,ContainerFormat=ova,S3Bucket=xxx,S3Prefix=xxx

Here is my environment

aws-cli/1.21.6 Python/3.8.10 Linux/ botocore/1.21.42
asked a year ago108 views
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Thank you for reaching out to re:Post. I understand that you are having an error while you are having a problem exporting an EC2 instance as an OVA image.

From my investigation, your error is specific to the CLI command create-instance-export-task. This issue has been escalated and has been fixed in March 17, 2022.

Please contact if you have any further questions, and feel free to reach out to us via a support case to facilitate a discussion on the specifics of your resources.

answered 8 months ago
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