Auto Scaling

AutoScaling allow you to automatically add or remove your EC2 instances according to your defined condition. To setup autoscaling we create autoscaling group and defined launch configuration for that group so, whenever any instance added in to group it will use that launch configuration .

Following are the step to setup auto scaling on AWS

1. Create AMI of EC2 instance

AMI (Amazon Machine Image) is used while new instance is created automatically. We define unique AMI id (e.g ami-xxxxxxxx) in launch configuration.

Following is the first step to create AMI (there is alternative option also).

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First step to create AMI

In next step it will ask for Image Name, description and other options. Please use help for more info.

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Final step to create AMI

After clicking Create Image button, It will start create image process and give you unique AMI id something like ami-xxxxxxxx that will required in create launch configuration. It will take time to create image depend on the size of your EBS.

2. Create launch configuration

This is the required step to setup autoscaling. As name state, Launch configuration is used when any instance is added to autoscaling group. There are some required field like launch-configuration-name, image-id, instance-type, key, security-groups.

Lets create launch configuration.

Step 1 : Go to Launch Config Page and Start Create Launch configuration

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Step 1 : Go to Launch Config Page and Start Create Launch configuration

Step 2 : Select AMI

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Step 2 : Select AMI

OR you select existing EMI if you are already created

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Step 2 : Choose Existing AMI

Step 3 : Choose Instance Type

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Step 3: Choose Instance Type

Step 4 : Name launch configuration & other info

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Step 4: Name launch configuration & other info

Step 5 : Choose Storage

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Step 5: Choose Storage

Step 6 : Choose Security Group

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Step 6: Choose Security Group

Step 7 : Review

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Step 7: Review

Step 8 : Choose Key pair

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Step 8: Choose Key pair

If you are use cli then type following command to create launch config

aws autoscaling create-launch-configuration --launch-configuration-name aws-as-conf --image-id ami-xxxxxxxx --instance-type m1.large --key myPrivate --security-groups mySecurityGroup

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To List all launch configuration

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aws autoscaling describe-launch-configurations

3. Create Autoscaling Group

Autoscaling group use launch configuration to create instance and add it into group. There are some require parameters like availability-zones, min/max-size, load-balancer-names, health-check-type etc

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@TODO : UI Steps

If you are use cli then type following command to 

aws autoscaling create-auto-scaling-group --auto-scaling-group-name test-autoscal-group --launch-configuration aws-as-conf --availability-zones us-east-1a us-east-1b --min-size 1 --max-size 5 --load-balancer-names test-lb --health-check-type ELB --health-check-grace-period 300 --tag "k=Name, v=Test AS, p=true"

Add instance policy :

aws autoscaling put-scaling-policy --auto-scaling-group-name test-autoscal-group --policy-name test-as-add-one --scaling-adjustment 1 --adjustment-type ChangeInCapacity

Remove instance policy :

aws autoscaling put-scaling-policy --auto-scaling-group-name test-autoscal-group --policy-name test-as-remove-one --scaling-adjustment -1 --adjustment-type ChangeInCapacity

Creating Cloud watch alarms from UI

@TODO: UI steps