Creating an AMI Image as a backup with Python

We all know the importance of having current backups. Let’s take a look at programatically selecting a server based on name tag (in my case I decided to backup the private git server we setup previously).

We can also utilize a similar setup to create load balancing servers for our web apps, or we can use this similar to docker.

Let’s make do our imports. I decided to use boto2 for ease of sorting instance tags.

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
#import our dependencies
import boto
from boto import ec2
from boto.ec2 import connection, connect_to_region
import sys
import os
import uuid

class AMICreation(object):

def __init__(self):
#this section is for windows users storing their keys in environment variables
#os.environ[‘AWS_DEFAULT_REGION’] = ‘us-west-2’

self.connection = connect_to_region(‘us-west-2’)
#now we iterate through the open instances
self.instances = [i for r in
self.connection.get_all_instances() for i in
self.action = ‘failure’
self.has_error = ‘no’
self.instance = None
#create a function to create image id
def create_image_id(
#name name our image
image_id = instance.create_image(ami_name,
description=description, no_reboot=no_reboot)

if ‘ami’ in image_id:
print image_id

return ‘success’

return ‘failure’

def find_instance_id_and_create(
#iterate through our instances and find the name tag matching “gitserver”
for i in self.instances:

if ‘Name’ in i.tags:

state = i.state

name = i.tags[‘Name’]

instance_id = str(

print name, state, instance_id

if name.lower() == servername.lower():

ami_name = servername.lower() + ‘-‘ \
+ str(uuid.uuid4().fields[-1])[:5]

status = self.create_image_id(i, str(descritption),
str(no_reboot), str(ami_name))

if status == ‘success’:

self.has_error = ‘no’

return self

self.has_error = ‘yes’

return self

self.has_error = ‘no instances named %s’ \
% servername.lower()

AMICreator = AMICreation()

‘this is a git server backup base image’, ‘False’)

if str(AMICreator.has_error) == ‘no’:
print ‘success’
print AMICreator.has_error

Now we have created a backup image of our EC2 instance. Now we can return to a running state at this point in time easily if we need to.


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