[CentOS-devel] C7 EC2 cloud image: Amazon Marketplace?

Mon Aug 4 18:00:40 UTC 2014
Dusty Mabe <dustymabe at gmail.com>

On Mon, Aug 04, 2014 at 01:12:19PM +0100, Karanbir Singh wrote:
> On 08/01/2014 10:04 PM, Dusty Mabe wrote:
> > Hey Guys,
> > 
> > I was just wondering if the strategy will be the same for C7 as it was for C6 with regards 
> > to using Amazon Marketplace or not. I think some arguments have been made in the past that 
> > using the Marketplace approach limits flexibility. Is it possible to adopt the same strategy
> > that fedora uses [1] and not use the Amazon Marketplace approach? 
> What are the top 5 issues of using the AMP interface ?

I don't necessarily have 5 but I will give you a few.

    - Using AMP there is a restriction on what you can do with snapshots/volumes that 
      are derived from marketplace images. I imagine this is an effort to prevent people from
      copying the image and creating their own, but that doesn't really make sense with CentOS 
      does it? I know other users have experienced this as well [1]. This is the message I get
      from the web console:

        "Error attaching volume: 'vol-9dc7579c' with Marketplace codes may
         not be attached as a secondary device."

    - When working in a larger organization where you may have IAM credentials to do a certain
      subset of tasks (i.e. only launch/destroy instances but nothing else) it becomes a pain to
      figure out what you need to do in order to enable launching of an AMI from AMP. This forces
      people to workaround the issue if they don't want to bother people, etc.. 

Considering the fact that there are (at least some) drawbacks to using AMP marketplace I guess it 
would be nice to know what the benefits are? If we can lay it all out on the table then perhaps we 
can understand why one choice is made over the other. 

- Dusty

[1] https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/review/product-reviews/ref=dtl_prp_reviews_see_all?ie=UTF8&asin=B00IOYDTV6