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AMI Deletion and Add new AMI to existing EC2

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With a human error if an AMI associated to an EC2 got deleted and unrecovered. Is it possible to add new AMI to existing EC2 which is running? Does this destroy the existing EC2 and do we have to create new EC2?

asked 10 days ago24 views
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Hi,

Although it is not possible to associate a new AMI to a running instance, you don't have to worry about the running instance. When you deregister an AMI, it doesn't affect any instances that you've already launched from the AMI. The only thing is it can't be used to launch any new more instances.

Deregister your AMI - https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/deregister-ami.html

If the deleted AMI has custom configurations, I would also recommend you create a new AMI form the already running instance so that you can launch new instances with those custom configurations in future.

answered 10 days ago
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Thank you for the response. "If the deleted AMI has custom configurations, I would also recommend you create a new AMI form the already running instance so that you can launch new instances with those custom configurations in future." This means the running EC2 instance(EC2-A) may not have an associated AMI (AMI-A) but we can create a custom AMI (AMI-B) from that running instance and that custom AMI(B) can be used to create a new EC2 (EC2-B) when the need arises/EC2-A got destroyed. That's good to know. Am I correct?

answered 9 days ago

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