Creation date: September 23, 2019 at 9:22:06 PM UTC+2

21:48: still waiting for completion

21:53: completed

Sometimes it takes 15 minutes and sometimes longer. How does a creation of an AMI work and why is the creation time unpredictable?

  • Are you creating the AMI from the same type of EC2 instance? If so what type of instance is it (e.g. t2, m4 large, etc)? Sep 24, 2019 at 2:09

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When creating an AMI, you are making a copy of your EBS volumes. This utilizes block storage and will only need to process the diffs of your EBS snapshots. If you changed a lot of data in your EBS or don't have a previous snapshot, it will take longer to create your AMI.

Here is a quote from the documentation at https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/WindowsGuide/Creating_EBSbacked_WinAMI.html

Depending on the size of the volumes, it can take several minutes for the AMI-creation process to complete (sometimes up to 24 hours). You may find it more efficient to create snapshots of your volumes prior to creating your AMI. This way, only small, incremental snapshots need to be created when the AMI is created, and the process completes more quickly (the total time for snapshot creation remains the same).

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