Rapid-deploy AWS Dev ServerA Linux EC2 instance Michael turned into an AMI for developers.
When my company migrated from the Cloud9 service we needed a way for our developers to work from anywhere. AWS still offers Cloud9 boxes but they weren’t as configurable as what we needed. I went through and set up an AMI to rapidly-deploy a development server and get someone going with our standards.
I created a special security group for the EC2 instances, along with a range of elastic IPs so that the development projects could be accessed easily via computer or device. I also created instructions for anyone to set up an instance and deploy it.
I leveraged Apache’s ‘mod_vhost_alias’ module to dynamically serve any sites within the specified folder so that getting up and running was near-instantaneous. I also created a web front-end that lists the sites for easier access.
This allows us to spin these up as single instances for heavy projects or to use them with the dynamic serving. We can access the development boxes from any location and pick up where we left off.