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1.1       wiki        1: [[!toc]]
                      2: 
                      3: # Introduction
                      4: 
1.3       wiki        5: This tutorial aims at showing how you can build, setup, upload and launch NetBSD under the [Amazon EC2](http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/) service.
1.1       wiki        6: 
1.3       wiki        7: # Subscribe to AWS (Amazon Web Services)
                      8: 
                      9: If you already have an account for [Amazon Web Services](http://aws.amazon.com/), and you are a registered user for EC2 service, you can directly jump to section [What do you need to know](#index2h2). If not, keep reading.
1.1       wiki       10: 
1.3       wiki       11: ## Quick overview
1.1       wiki       12: 
1.3       wiki       13: Before you can start playing with Amazon EC2, you have to create an account on Amazon Web Services, of which EC2, the Elastic Compute Cloud, is part. This is fairly straightforward, and done in two steps:
1.1       wiki       14: 
1.3       wiki       15: 1. you "sign-up" directly on [Amazon Web Services](http://aws.amazon.com/) home-page. This is where you enter your credentials, and confirm your AWS account registration.
                     16: 1. you sign-up to EC2 through [EC2 AWS home-page](http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/). You will be asked some more information, like a credit card (for billing), and a phone-number, for account validation.
1.1       wiki       17: 
                     18: ## What do you need to know
                     19: 
1.3       wiki       20: EC2 uses different types of credentials. In addition to your login and password, you need an access key, a X.509 certificate (with its private key), and a pair of RSA keys, for remote SSH access.
                     21: 
                     22: These can be created through the [Security Credentials](https://aws-portal.amazon.com/gp/aws/developer/account/index.html?ie=UTF8&action=access-key) page (also accessible from the [Account](http://aws.amazon.com/account/) page):
                     23: 
                     24: 1. create the access key. Keep a secured copy of the ID and its associated secret value. These will be used by various scripts later on to perform certain EC2 actions.
                     25: 1. note down your account number (different from your access key ID!). This identifier can usually be obtained in the right top part of the page; it is a serie of numbers, separated with dashes: XXXX-XXXX-XXXX.
                     26: 1. create, or upload, a X.509 certificate, in PEM format. Keep the private key in a safe place.
1.9     ! wiki       27: 1. lastly, generate Amazon EC2 key pairs that will be used for SSH access. This step will be performed through the [Amazon Management Console](https://console.aws.amazon.com/ec2/home). Note down the SSH Key Pair Name you chose.
1.3       wiki       28: 
1.1       wiki       29: ### Keep your credentials!
                     30: 
1.3       wiki       31: The different credentials created above will be used in various places of EC2, and by a myriad of commands. You are advised to keep them easily accessible, while still reasonably secure regarding their access. Most EC2 tools expect them to be find through a set of environment variables.
                     32: 
1.9     ! wiki       33: For convenience, you could store them under a *.ec2* directory inside your *$HOME*:
1.3       wiki       34: 
                     35: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
                     36: $ ls .ec2/                                                                
                     37: cert-SOMERANDOMKEY.pem # the X.509 certificate
1.5       wiki       38: id_rsa.ec2             # private RSA SSH key
                     39: id_rsa.ec2.pub         # public RSA SSH key
1.3       wiki       40: pk-SOMERANDOMKEY.pem   # the private key associated to the certificate
                     41: """]]
                     42: 
                     43: then set the environment accordingly:
                     44: 
                     45: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
                     46: export EC2_PRIVATE_KEY=$HOME/.ec2/pk-SOMERANDOMKEY.pem
                     47: export EC2_CERT=$HOME/.ec2/cert-SOMERANDOMKEY.pem
                     48: export EC2_SSH_KEY=$HOME/.ec2/id_rsa.ec2
1.9     ! wiki       49: export EC2_SSH_KEYNAME=<your_ssh_key_pair_name>
1.3       wiki       50: export EC2_ACCOUNT_NUM=XXXX-XXXX-XXXX
                     51: export EC2_ACCESS_KEY=MYACCESSKEYID
                     52: export EC2_SECRET_KEY=MYSECRETACCESSKEY
                     53: """]]
                     54: 
                     55: Please note that the rest of the tutorial will assume that these variables are set.
                     56: 
1.9     ! wiki       57: ### Installing EC2 API tools
        !            58: 
        !            59: NetBSD provides EC2 API tools, to ease EC2 account management a little bit. The package is found inside [pkgsrc](http://www.pkgsrc.org), under [[!template id=pkg category=misc name=ec2-api-tools]].
        !            60: 
        !            61: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
        !            62: cd /usr/pkgsrc/misc/ec2-api-tools
        !            63: make ACCEPTABLE_LICENSES+=amazon-software-license install
        !            64: """]]
        !            65: 
        !            66: Package depends on Java, so build will take some time to finish. While it builds, just continue reading.
        !            67: 
1.3       wiki       68: ### EC2 vocabulary -- last notes
                     69: 
                     70: Before starting to play with EC2, you need to be familiar with the EC2 vocabulary used throughout this tutorial.
                     71: 
                     72: Briefly said, EC2 uses [Xen](http://www.xen.org) as virtualization solution. So, in essence, all operating systems that support Xen para-virtualization can theoretically run inside EC2, as a domU. This is the case for NetBSD; however, please note that only amd64 is currently supported. Work is on-going to support 32 bits for EC2.
                     73: 
                     74: All operating systems are run as *instances*, which are, as their name implies, the instantiation of a specific AMI, or *Amazon Machine Image*. An AMI is an image built from specific *snapshots* of *volumes*. The volumes are part of [Elastic Block Storage](http://aws.amazon.com/ebs/) (or EBS for short), which is another service offered by AWS, distinct from EC2.
1.1       wiki       75: 
1.9     ! wiki       76: These instances are tied to a *region* (a geographical location; typically US East, US West, Europe West, etc.). Each region has *availability zones*, which can be compared to a sub-region, each one being physically distinct from another. Regions are identified by a name, like *us-east-1*, *eu-west-1*. Same goes for availability zones, usually with the region's name as prefix: *us-east-1a*, *us-east-1b*, and so forth. Note that resources are **not** shared between zones, so if you transfer data from one zone to another, you will be charged for it.
        !            77: 
1.3       wiki       78: AKI, or *Amazon Kernel Image*, are a specific type of image. It represents the Xen guest para-virtualized kernel, as used by an AMI. Certain AKIs are allowed to boot customized operating systems, e.g. those that are still not officially supported by Amazon. Thanks to [PyGrub](http://wiki.xensource.com/xenwiki/PyGrub), it can boot a kernel that resides inside an AMI's snapshot.
1.1       wiki       79: 
1.9     ! wiki       80: # Building your first AMI (Amazon Image)
1.1       wiki       81: 
                     82: ## Pre-built AMIs
                     83: 
1.3       wiki       84: (For the future) Once NetBSD has decent support for Amazon EC2, we will publish the AMI identifiers so you can quickly boot up in a NetBSD environment without going through all the steps given below.
1.1       wiki       85: 
1.6       wiki       86: ## Fetch and build NetBSD
1.1       wiki       87: 
1.6       wiki       88: EC2 does not provide direct access to console. As a consequence, we cannot rely on it for installation, especially via [[!template id=man name=sysinst section=8]]. We must therefore build and install NetBSD in a separate directory, and configure it manually, before upload.
1.1       wiki       89: 
1.9     ! wiki       90: This tutorial assumes that you will build the system under */mnt/ec2*.
1.1       wiki       91: 
1.6       wiki       92: /!\Please note that you will need the [[!template id=man name=makefs section=8]] tool later in the process, so you can build a file system image that can be uploaded to Amazon EC2. You are therefore advised to perform the installation directly under a living NetBSD system, or in case your are not, to [[fetch the source|fetching_src]] to build the toolchain that will contain the **nbmakefs** utility.
1.1       wiki       93: 
1.6       wiki       94: XXX build and install /mnt/ec2
                     95: 
                     96: ## Configuration
                     97: 
1.9     ! wiki       98: /!\This part assumes that you have a non-configured NetBSD system extracted under */mnt/ec2*; that is, it should have not been modified through [[!template id=man name=sysinst section=8]], nor by you.
1.6       wiki       99: 
1.9     ! wiki      100: Under */mnt/ec2*, edit the files to add (or modify) these lines:
1.6       wiki      101: 
                    102: [[!template id=filecontent name=etc/rc.conf text="""
                    103: rc_configured=YES
                    104: 
                    105: hostname=NetBSD-EC2-$(uname -m)
                    106: sshd=YES # for remote shell access to instance
                    107: """]]
                    108: 
                    109: [[!template id=filecontent name=etc/ssh/sshd_config text="""
                    110: # Allows root to login via authentication keys
                    111: PermitRootLogin without-password
                    112: """]]
                    113: 
1.9     ! wiki      114: Create *etc/fstab* and *etc/ifconfig.xennet0*:
1.6       wiki      115: 
1.8       wiki      116: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
                    117: cd /mnt/ec2
                    118: echo "dhcp" > etc/ifconfig.xennet0 # EC2 network configuration
                    119: cat > etc/fstab << EOF
1.6       wiki      120: /dev/xbd1a /        ffs    rw 1 1
                    121: /dev/xbd0a /grub    ext2   rw 2 2
                    122: kernfs     /kern    kernfs rw
                    123: ptyfs      /dev/pts ptyfs  rw
                    124: procfs     /proc    procfs rw
1.8       wiki      125: EOF
1.6       wiki      126: """]]
                    127: 
1.9     ! wiki      128: You can then proceed to modifying the system living under */mnt/ec2*, so it can fit your needs (adding custom binaries, packages, etc). When done, build the *NetBSD-AMI.img* ffs image, via [[!template id=man name=makefs section=8]], or **nbmakefs**, from the [toolchain](http://www.netbsd.org/docs/guide/en/chap-build.html#chap-build-tools):
        !           129: 
        !           130: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
        !           131: $ makefs -t ffs -B le -s 256m -N /mnt/ec2/etc/ -o density=32k NetBSD-AMI.img /mnt/ec2/ 
        !           132: Calculated size of `NetBSD-AMI.img': 268435456 bytes, 7345 inodes
        !           133: Extent size set to 8192
        !           134: NetBSD-AMI.img: 256.0MB (524288 sectors) block size 8192, fragment size 1024
        !           135:         using 5 cylinder groups of 53.88MB, 6896 blks, 1728 inodes.
        !           136: super-block backups (for fsck -b #) at:
        !           137:      32, 110368, 220704, 331040, 441376,
        !           138: Populating `NetBSD-AMI.img'
        !           139: Image `NetBSD-AMI.img' complete
        !           140: $ gzip -9n NetBSD-AMI.img
        !           141: """]]
1.1       wiki      142: 
1.2       wiki      143: ## Upload your OS
1.1       wiki      144: 
1.9     ! wiki      145: We must now upload our NetBSD system to EC2. For that, we will have to create a minimalist EC2 instance, to which we will copy our files to construct our snapshots. For that, we will use an Amazon Linux AMI instance.
        !           146: 
        !           147: EC2 being localized in geographical regions, you have to carefully choose the AMI identifier you want to use there. This depends on where you want to execute your instance. Amazon Linux AMI IDs are listed on [the main page](http://aws.amazon.com/amazon-linux-ami/) of the project, by regions. Chose ones backed by EBS.
        !           148: 
        !           149: The examples listed here assume that the instances run in **US East**, within the **c** zone (e.g. **us-east-1c**). To have a list of EC2 regions, you can use the command **ec2-describe-regions**, and **ec2-describe-availability-zones** for availability zones.
        !           150: 
        !           151: ### Creating the instance
        !           152: 
        !           153: Creating an instance straightforward. Amazon provides [different types of instances](http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/pricing/), with varying levels of billing and reliability. We will use a [*micro* instance](http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/faqs/#How_much_compute_power_do_Micro_instances_provide); its pricing is almost free.
        !           154: 
        !           155: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
        !           156: $ ec2-run-instances ami-74f0061d -t t1.micro -z us-east-1c -k $EC2_SSH_KEYNAME
        !           157: RESERVATION     r-1ab61377      983624114127    default
        !           158: INSTANCE        <strong>i-5babe737</strong>      ami-74f0061d                    pending &lt;your_ssh_key_pair_name&gt;  0               t1.micro        2011-02-17T23:15:04+0000        us-east-1c      aki-427d952b                    monitoring-disabled                                     ebs                                     paravirtual     xen     
        !           159: """]]
        !           160: 
        !           161: Use the instance identifier **i-XXXXXXX** to query the instance state via **ec2-describe-instances**. It will take some time to launch:
1.6       wiki      162: 
1.9     ! wiki      163: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
        !           164: $ sleep 5 && ec2-describe-instances i-5babe737 | grep running
        !           165: $ sleep 5 && ec2-describe-instances i-5babe737 | grep running
        !           166: INSTANCE        i-5babe737      ami-74f0061d    <strong>ec2-67-202-24-108.compute-1.amazonaws.com</strong>       ip-10-99-86-193.ec2.internal    running &lt;your_ssh_key_pair_name&gt;  0               t1.micro        2011-02-17T23:22:37+0000        us-east-1c      aki-427d952b                    monitoring-disabled     67.202.24.108   10.99.86.193                    ebs
        !           167: """]]
1.1       wiki      168: 
1.2       wiki      169: ### Upload your files
1.1       wiki      170: 
1.9     ! wiki      171: We will have to create and attach two EBS volumes:
        !           172: 
        !           173: 1. one to contain the Grub *menu.lst* config file, as well as the NetBSD kernel.
        !           174: 1. the other one will contain the root file-system.
        !           175: 
        !           176: #### Creating and attaching volumes
        !           177: 
        !           178: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
        !           179: <strong>ec2-create-volume -s 1 -z us-east-1c</strong> # 1GiB -- will be used for Grub and kernel
        !           180: VOLUME  vol-24f88d4c    1               us-east-1c      creating        2011-02-18T00:06:21+0000
        !           181: <strong>ec2-create-volume -s 5 -z us-east-1c</strong> # 5GiB -- will contain the root file-system
        !           182: VOLUME  vol-36f88d5e    5               us-east-1c      creating        2011-02-18T00:06:32+0000
        !           183: *** Wait until both volumes are marked as "available" ***
        !           184: <strong>ec2-describe-volumes vol-24f88d4c vol-36f88d5e</strong>
        !           185: VOLUME  vol-36f88d5e    5               us-east-1c      available       2011-02-18T00:06:32+0000
        !           186: VOLUME  vol-24f88d4c    1               us-east-1c      available       2011-02-18T00:06:21+0000
        !           187: # Attach them under /dev/sdf and /dev/sdg respectively
        !           188: <strong>ec2-attach-volume vol-36f88d5e -i i-5babe737 -d "/dev/sdf"</strong> # root file-system
        !           189: ATTACHMENT      vol-36f88d5e    i-5babe737      /dev/sdf        attaching       2011-02-18T00:13:53+0000
        !           190: <strong>ec2-attach-volume vol-24f88d4c -i i-5babe737 -d "/dev/sdg"</strong> # Grub and kernel
        !           191: ATTACHMENT      vol-24f88d4c    i-5babe737      /dev/sdg        attaching       2011-02-18T00:14:02+0000
        !           192: *** Wait until both volumes are "attached" ***
        !           193: <strong>ec2-describe-volumes vol-24f88d4c vol-36f88d5e</strong>
        !           194: VOLUME  vol-36f88d5e    5               us-east-1c      in-use  2011-02-18T00:06:32+0000
        !           195: ATTACHMENT      vol-36f88d5e    i-5babe737      /dev/sdf        attached        2011-02-18T00:14:00+0000
        !           196: VOLUME  vol-24f88d4c    1               us-east-1c      in-use  2011-02-18T00:06:21+0000
        !           197: ATTACHMENT      vol-24f88d4c    i-5babe737      /dev/sdg        attached        2011-02-18T00:14:10+0000
        !           198: """]]
        !           199: 
1.2       wiki      200: ### Snapshots!
                    201: 
1.9     ! wiki      202: We have to upload the kernel and the NetBSD disk image created earlier, *NetBSD-AMI.img*, to our instance host:
        !           203: 
        !           204: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
        !           205: # Upload kernel to Linux AMI
        !           206: rsync -aPv -e "ssh -i $EC2_SSH_KEY" OBJ/sys/arch/amd64/compile/XEN3_DOMU/netbsd \
        !           207:         ec2-user@ec2-67-202-24-108.compute-1.amazonaws.com:
        !           208: # Upload disk image
        !           209: rsync -aPv -e "ssh -i $EC2_SSH_KEY" NetBSD-AMI.img.gz \
        !           210:         ec2-user@ec2-67-202-24-108.compute-1.amazonaws.com:
        !           211: """]]
        !           212: 
        !           213: Connect to the instance, through its name. We will format and mount the Grub partition, create the *menu.lst* file, then copy files to their respective partitions.
        !           214: 
        !           215: [[!template id=programlisting text="""
        !           216: $ ec2-describe-instances i-5babe737
        !           217: INSTANCE        i-5babe737      ami-74f0061d    <strong>ec2-67-202-24-108.compute-1.amazonaws.com</strong>       ip-10-99-86-193.ec2.internal    running &lt;your_ssh_key_pair_name&gt;  0               t1.micro        2011-02-17T23:22:37+0000        us-east-1c      aki-427d952b                    monitoring-disabled     67.202.24.108   10.99.86.193                    ebs
        !           218: $ ssh -i "$EC2_SSH_KEY" ec2-user@ec2-67-202-24-108.compute-1.amazonaws.com
        !           219: [...]
        !           220: [ec2-user@ip-10-99-86-193 ~]$ sudo su
        !           221: [root@ip-10-99-86-193 ec2-user]# mkdir /mnt/grub
        !           222: [root@ip-10-99-86-193 ec2-user]# mkfs.ext2 /dev/sdg
        !           223: [...]
        !           224: [root@ip-10-99-86-193 ec2-user]# mount /dev/sdg /mnt/grub/
        !           225: [root@ip-10-99-86-193 ec2-user]# mkdir -p /mnt/grub/boot/grub/
        !           226: [root@ip-10-99-86-193 ec2-user]# cat > /mnt/grub/boot/grub/menu.lst << EOF
        !           227:         default=0
        !           228:         timeout=0
        !           229:         hiddenmenu
        !           230: 
        !           231:         title NetBSD AMI
        !           232:             root (hd0)
        !           233:             kernel /boot/netbsd root=xbd1
        !           234: EOF
        !           235: [root@ip-10-99-86-193 ec2-user]# mv netbsd /mnt/grub/boot/
        !           236: [root@ip-10-99-86-193 ec2-user]# umount /dev/sdg
        !           237: [root@ip-10-99-86-193 ec2-user]# gunzip < NetBSD-AMI.img.gz | dd of=/dev/sdf bs=32k
        !           238: """]]
        !           239: 
        !           240: ### Shutdown the Linux instance
1.1       wiki      241: 
1.6       wiki      242: ## Create your first NetBSD AMI
1.1       wiki      243: 
                    244: # Play with your first NetBSD instance
                    245: 
                    246: ## Create the instance
                    247: 
                    248: ## Connect to it
                    249: 
                    250: ## And now?

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