EC2 - Create Volume

Declaration

<AMAWSEC2 ACTIVITY="create_volume" SIZE="number" ZONE="text" RESULTDATASET="text" />

See Also

EC2 - Attach Volume | EC2 - Authorize Security Group | EC2 - Create Key Pair | EC2 - Create Security Group | EC2 - Create Session | EC2 - Create Snapshot | EC2 - Delete Key Pair | EC2 - Delete Volume | EC2 - Detach Volume | EC2 - End Session | EC2 - List Volumes | EC2 - Reboot Instance | EC2 - Start Instance | EC2 - Stop Instance | EC2 - Terminate Instance

Description

Creates a new Amazon EBS (Elastic Block Store) volume to which any Amazon EC2 instance can attach within the same Availability Zone.

EBS volumes are created in a particular Availability Zone and can be from 1 GB to 1 TB in size. Once a volume is created, it can be attached to any Amazon EC2 instance in the same Availability Zone. It will appear as a mounted device similar to any hard drive or other block device. At that point, the instance can interact with the volume just as it would with a local drive, formatting it with a file system or installing applications on it directly.

NOTE: A volume can only be attached to one instance at a time, but many volumes can be attached to a single instance.

 

IMPORTANT: The EC2 activities are performed using Amazon's EC2 engine. You must enter a valid Amazon EC2 service account in order for these activities to work properly.

Practical Usage

Used to create a new EBS volume. Besides attaching the volume to any Amazon EC2 instance in the same Availability Zone, they can also be used as boot partitions for Amazon EC2 instances,

Parameters

Volume Properties

Property

Type

Req'd

Default

Markup

Description

Volume Size (1-1024 GBs)

Number

Yes if not creating a volume from a snapshot.

(Empty)

SIZE="800"

The size of the volume, in GBs. Required if you are not creating a volume from a snapshot.

Availability Zone

Text (Options)

Yes

(Empty)

ZONE="us-east-1a"

The Availability Zone in which to create the new volume.

The available options are:

  • No Preference

  • us-east-1a

  • us-east-1b

  • us-east-1c

  • us-east-1d

Snapshot ID (Optional)

Text

No

(Empty)

SNAPSHOTID="snap-78a54011

The snapshot from which to create the new volume.

Create and populate dataset with EC2 volume information

Text

No

(Empty)

RESULTDATASET="myDataset"

The name of a dataset in which to create and populate information regarding the EC2 volume being created. More details regarding the fields that this dataset creates can be found below under Additional Notes.

 

Credentials Properties

These properties allow you to create a custom session for this activity or link this activity to an existing session.

Property

Type

Req'd

Default

Markup

Description

Provide Credentials

 

 

 

 

Indicates where this activity's credentials should originate from. Different properties apply depending on the option selected. This is a design-time parameter used interactively during  construction mode, thus, contains no markups. The available options are:

  • Custom (Default) - Specifies that a custom set of credentials will be entered for this EC2 activity. Select this option if performing a single EC2 activity.

  • Session Based - Specifies that credentials should derive from a session created in a previous step with the use of the Create Session activity. This allows several EC2 activities to be linked to a specific session.

Access Key

Text

Yes

(Empty)

ACCESSKEY="MyAccessKey"

A 20-character, alphanumeric string that uniquely identifies a user who owns a EC2 account (i.e. 022QF06E7MXBSH9DHM02). This along with a Secret Access Key forms a secure information set that EC2 uses to confirm a valid user's identity.

This property is active only if Custom is selected under the Provide Credentials property.

Secret Access Key

Text

Yes

(Empty)

SECRETKEY="SecretKey"

A 40-character string that serves the role as Password to access EC2 (i.e. kWcrlUX5JEDGM/LtmEENI/aVmYvHNif5zB+d9+ct). This along with an associated Access Key forms a secure information set that EC2 uses to confirm a valid user's identity.

This property is active only if Custom is selected under the Provide Credentials property.

User Agent

Text

No

AutoMate

USERAGENT="AutoMate"

The User-Agent header name. The User-Agent request-header field contains information about the user agent originating the request such as timeouts, proxies, name, etc. The default User Agent name is AutoMate.

This property is active only if Custom is selected under the Provide Credentials property.

Service URL

Text

No

(Empty)

SERVICEURL=

"https://sdb.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com"

The Service URL used to make requests to the EC2 service. The Service URL provides the service endpoint. For example, To make the service call to a different region, you can pass the region-specific endpoint, such as 'https://sdb.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com'.

This property is active only if Custom is selected under the Provide Credentials property.

Maximum retry on error

Number

No

(Empty)

MAXERRORRETRY="4"

Signifies how many times the Amazon EC2 engine should retry the request before returning an error.

This property is active only if Custom is selected under the Provide Credentials property.

Proxy Host

Text

No

(Empty)

PROXYHOST="proxy.host.com"

The host name (server.domain.com) or IP address (xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx) of the proxy server.

This property is active only if Custom is selected under the Provide Credentials property.

Proxy Port

Number

No

(Empty)

PROXYPORT="1028"

The port that should be used to connect to the proxy server.

This property is active only if Custom is selected under the Provide Credentials property.

Signature Method

Text

No

(Empty)

SIGNMETHOD="HmacSHA256"

The Signature Method for signing the request.

This property is active only if Custom is selected under the Provide Credentials property.

Signature Version

Number

No

(Empty)

SIGNVERSION="2"

The Signature Version for signing the request. The version refers to the particular algorithm for signing the request.

This property is active only if Custom is selected under the Provide Credentials property.

Session Name

Text

Yes

EC2Session

SESSION="EC2Session1"

The session name to be created. This allows several EC2 activities to be linked to this  session, eliminating redundancy. Numerous sessions can be used within a single task. The default value is EC2Session.

NOTE: Use the End Session activity to end an EC2 session.

This property is active only if Session Based is selected under the Provide Credentials property.

Description Properties

The Description tab allows you to customize the text description of any step as it appears in the Task Builder's Steps Pane.

More on setting custom step description

Error Causes Properties

The Error Causes tab allows you to select/omit specific errors that should cause a particular step to fail.

More on Error Causes properties

On Error Properties

The On Error tab allows you to determine what the task should do if a particular step encounters an error.

More about On Error properties

Additional Notes

Datasets

A dataset is a multiple column, multiple row container object. This activity creates and populates a dataset containing a specific set of fields in addition to the standard dataset fields. The table below describes these fields (assuming the dataset name assigned was theDataset).

Name

Type

Return Value

theDataset.Attachment

Text

Returns the attachment identifier.

theDataset.AvailabilityZone

Text

Returns the availability Zone in which the volume was created.

theDataset.CreateTime

Date

Returns the time stamp when volume creation was initiated.

theDataset.Size

Number

Returns the size of the volume, in GBs.

theDataset.SnapshotId

Text

Returns the snapshot from which the volume was created, if applicable.

theDataset.Status

Text

Returns the volume state (i.e. creating, available, in use, deleting, error).

theDataset.VolumeId

Text

Returns the volume identifier.

Variables and Expressions

All text fields allow the use of expressions, which can be entered by surrounding the expression in percentage signs (example: %MYVARIABLE%, %Left('Text',2)%). To help construct these expressions, you can open Expression Builder from these fields by pressing F2.

More on variables
More on expressions

More on the expression builder

Example

NOTE: The code below can be copied and pasted directly into the Steps pane of the Task Builder.

 

Description: Create "5" GBs amazon EBS volume. Availability zone is "us-east-1b". Store EBS volume information into dataset "myData". Use default EC2 session.

 

<AMAWSEC2 ACTIVITY="create_volume" SIZE="5" ZONE="us-east-1b" RESULTDATASET="myData" />

 

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