Amazon EC2 Service

Merrill Oveson moveson at
Wed Jun 8 17:00:24 MDT 2011

On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 1:58 PM, Nathan Blackham <kemotaha at> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM, Eric Jacobs <eric at> wrote:
>> On Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 12:02 PM, Merrill Oveson wrote:
>>> I've set up instances to Windows 2008 R1 servers.
>>> I've connected, but then after a while of working, the thing just freezes.
>>> So I reboot and then it takes forever to let me remote back in.
>>> So based on my experience I would say the service is:
>>> a) unreliable
>>> b) slow
>>> c) unstable
>>> Has anybody else had issues?
>> That just sounds like every Windows experience that I've ever had. Doesn't matter if it's EC2 or on a machine in my office.
>> I've never used EC2 though. I do know a few people that use Linux on EC2 and I haven't heard of any problems from them. Do you have a *nix instance on EC2 that does the same thing?
> I work for Amazon on the OS team.  My team focuses on the Linux side
> of things but I have work a bit with the windows side of things.  The
> most common reason for someone seeing lockups after a period of time,
> is that they are running too small an instance type.  It usually
> happens with t1.micros which are only 613 MB of RAM and people run
> applications that constantly increase the memory they use or need more
> that is available.
> I assume you are using the Amazon provided Windows AMIs rather than a
> community one.  What instance type are you running on and what are you
> trying to do?
> Have you tried the 2008R2 AMIs?
> If you want to privately send me the instance ids, I can take a quick
> look at them and see if there are any other problems that I can spot.
> Nathan
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that solved the problem.  I started an instance that was windows 2008
R2.  Everything works good now.
Those windows 2008 R1 micro or small aren't worth anything.

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