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New T2 Node Types for ElastiCache

Yesterday, Amazon announced support for the new T2 node types for ElastiCache. These node types are supported for both Memcache nodes and Redis nodes. More information about that announcement can be found at

Today, we are happy to say that Skeddly supports these new T2 node types for our ElastiCache actions. So now you can schedule the creation and deletion of a t2.medium ElastiCache cluster.

Happy caching!

Errors Copying EBS Snapshots using IAM Roles

We recently discovered that EBS snapshots will not copy correctly if the copy command was executed using a third-party IAM role. The issue does not exist if the copy command was executed using access keys. This problem appears to have started July 30, 2014.

The symptoms of the issue are that the copy initiates, a new snapshot is created in the new region, but the new snapshot results in an “error” status.

We are working with AWS support to get this issue resolved as quickly as possible.

Once the issue is resolved, we will notify our customers.

In the meantime, if you are using an IAM role for your “Copy EBS Snapshots” action, you can switch your action to use IAM access keys instead. This is not an ideal situation since IAM roles are preferred over access keys, but it will work-around the problem until it is resolved.

AMI Image Creation Added to Managed Instances

Managed Instances is an easy way to manage your EC2 instances. Define your start/stop, backup and delete backups schedules and let Skeddly manage the actions on your behalf. Until now, the backups were done using EBS snapshots.

This week, Managed Instances has been enhanced to support AMI images as the backup mechanism. This new option is available in your managed instance configuration, so some instances in the same schedule group can create EBS snapshots and others can create AMI images. AMI image is the new default.

For those of you using Managed Instances, give the new option a try and let us know how it works for you.

Copy an EC2 Instance from One AWS Account to Another

For quite some time, Skeddly has included a “Copy EC2 Instance” action which duplicates an EC2 instance. This allows you to copy an instance between availability zones or VPCs. One of our customers used this action to migrate over 100 instances from t1.micro (EC2-Classic) to t2.micro (inside a VPC).

Recently, this action has been enhanced to allow copying an EC2 instance between AWS accounts.


Account Activity Split by AWS Credentials

If you are using multiple AWS credentials (access keys and roles) with a single Skeddly account, then this new feature may be useful to you.

Starting this month, when you view your account’s activity, you can optionally see the costs broken down by AWS credentials. For example, if you use 2 credentials and your total bill for the month was $10, then you can see that one set of credentials was responsible for $7 and the other credentials was responsible for $3.


Create Multiple AMI Images

Today we’re excited to announce a long-awaited addition to Skeddly’s library of actions: Create Multiple AMI Images. An AMI image is a snapshot of an EC2 instance at a moment in time. From that AMI image, you can create one or more new EC2 instances which are copies of the original.

With this single action, you can create AMI images for one or more EC2 instance at the same time.


Automatically Shutdown Unused EC2 Instances at Night

Not all EC2 instances need to be running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many instances are only used during business hours, Monday to Friday.

Here’s an easy way to configure your EC2 instances using EC2 tags to shutdown at night, restart in the morning, and only run on weekdays (Monday to Friday).


Two New Create AMI Image Action Enhancements

Skeddly’s “Create AMI Image” action is an excellent tool for creating AMI images from your EC2 instances on a regular schedule.

Today, we have enhanced this action with two new features.


Easy Automatic EBS Snapshots

Skeddly is capable of creating EBS snapshots based on a set of EBS volumes, or a set of EC2 instances. For the latter, it will create EBS snapshots for all EBS volumes attached to your EC2 instances. Both methods allow you to configure Skeddly in such a way that it will look for EBS volumes or EC2 instances with certain tags and create snapshots for those volumes only.

In this article, I will show you how to setup easy daily EBS snapshots using Skeddly and EC2 tags.


New t2 Instance Types and m3/r3 Node Types

Today, Amazon made two announcements.

First, the new instance types for ElastiCache are also supported by Skeddly. You can select these new types when creating new ElastiCache clusters.

Second, Skeddly also has added support for the new T2 instance types for launching new instances and changing EC2 instance types.

In addition, the t2.micro and t2.small instance types have been added to the free tier for Skeddly and they are also included in the lower cost when used in a Start EC2 Instance or Stop EC2 Instace action. Full pricing information can be found on our pricing page at

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