EBS is a AWS service design to use with EC2, EBS volumes are replicated within an Availability Zone (AZ) and can be escalate to petabytes of data.
You can choose from six different volume types to balance optimal price and performance.
In this post we going to create an EBS and use it in a instance, and we going to test the portability between instances.
- AWS account
- On the AWS Management Console go to EC2
2. Go to Volumes
3. Click on Create Volume
4. Select General Purpose SSD (gp2), 1GB size, 100 IOPS, and any Availability Zone is fine, but remember it for later click on Create Volume,
5. Close and you will have the volume listed on Volumes
6. Ok now create a new instance, go to instances
7. Click on Launch instances
8. Select Amazon Linux 2 AMI 64-bits
9. Select t2.micro and click on Next: Configure instance Details
10. In the next page, select 1 instance, you can leave all on defaults except the subnet, this need to be the same AZ as the volume, and check that you have Auto-Assign Public IP enabled, click on Review and Launch
11. Review the configuration and click on Launch
12. In the next window, create a new key pair, give it a name, and download it, then click on Launch Instances
13. You will see the Launch Status, click on View instances
14. In the instances page, remember the last 4 digits of the instance ID you just launch, in my case is dd8a
15. Go to Volumes
16. And you will have two volumes, the instance volume and the 1 GB volume we create, select the 1GB volume, click on Actions and then select Attach Volume
17. On the next page, select the Instance ID, and the Device, this last one, you can leave it as default and click on attach
18. Now go back to instances
19. Select the Instance ID, and click on Connect
20. Copy the command to connect via ssh client
21. Open a ssh client and connect to the instance with the pem file we downloaded, make sure you have the pem file on the terminal working directory.
22. Excecute sudo lsblk to see the devices attach to the instance
sudo su - lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT xvda 202:0 0 8G 0 disk └─xvda1 202:1 0 8G 0 part / xvdf 202:80 0 1G 0 disk
In this example, I have two devices, the first called xvda it have 1 partition called xvda1 and is mounted on /, and I have the 1GB device and is not mounted
23. Format the new device so we can use it
mkfs.xfs /dev/xvdf meta-data=/dev/xvdf isize=512 agcount=4, agsize=65536 blks = sectsz=512 attr=2, projid32bit=1 = crc=1 finobt=1, sparse=0 data = bsize=4096 blocks=262144, imaxpct=25 = sunit=0 swidth=0 blks naming =version 2 bsize=4096 ascii-ci=0 ftype=1 log =internal log bsize=4096 blocks=2560, version=2 = sectsz=512 sunit=0 blks, lazy-count=1 realtime =none extsz=4096 blocks=0, rtextents=0
24. Create a folder and mount the volume
mkdir /ebs-mount mount /dev/xvdf /ebs-mount/
25. Go to the folder and create a file for testing.
cd /ebs-mount touch testing.txt echo "this is a simple text" > testing.txt
26. In the AWS Management Console, go to Volumes
27. Selec the 1GB volume Click on Actions and click on Detach Volume
28. Confirm the detach
29. Go to EC2, instances, select the instance, select Instance state and click on Terminate instance.
30. Now lets launch another instance, click on Launch instances
31. Selec the Amazon Linux AMI 64-bits
32. Select the t2.micro type and select Next
33. in the instance details as before select the AZ of the Volume, make sure you have Auto-assign Public IP enabled and all the other by default, and click on Review and Launch
34. Review the configuration and click on Launch
35. Select the existing key pair we created the last time, check the checkbox and click on Launch instances
36. Click on View Instances and like the last time see what are the last 4 digits, in my case 0a8d
37. Go to Volumes
38. Select the EBS of 1 GB and click on Actions, and select Attach Volume
39. Select the new instances and click on Attach
40. As before, go to Instances, select the instance and click on Connect
41. Copy the command to connect the instance
42. Use the command to connect using a terminal o a ssh client
ssh -i "ebs-lab.pem" firstname.lastname@example.orgThe authenticity of host 'ec2-18-219-28-105.us-east-2.compute.amazonaws.com (188.8.131.52)' can't be established. ECDSA key fingerprint is SHA256:w9uFJH3R/V9wgX8VgB/1MXZQVnrGPyw3qONsmAHoYEo. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no/[fingerprint])? yes Warning: Permanently added 'ec2-18-219-28-105.us-east-2.compute.amazonaws.com,184.108.40.206' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts. __| __|_ ) _| ( / Amazon Linux 2 AMI ___|\___|___| https://aws.amazon.com/amazon-linux-2/ 7 package(s) needed for security, out of 19 available Run "sudo yum update" to apply all updates.
43. From the instance repeat the process of creating a folder and mount the partition, this time it doest not need to be format
sudo su - mkdir /ebs-mount lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT xvda 202:0 0 8G 0 disk └─xvda1 202:1 0 8G 0 part / xvdf 202:80 0 1G 0 disk mount /dev/xvdf /ebs-mount/
44. Go to the folder and confirm the data is there.
cd /ebs-mount cat testing.txt This is a simple text
Great with this we finish this lab, in the next post we going deeper in the AWS Services.
- In EC2 Instances, Select running the instances and terminate
2. In EC2, Volumes, select the volumes and click on Delete Volume and confirm
3. On EC2, Security groups, delete the security groups used for the lab (usually named launch-wizard-N) and confirm
4. On EC2 Key Pairs, delete the key pairs used in the lab