Updating AMIs for Auto Scaling groups - Amazon Systems Manager
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Updating AMIs for Auto Scaling groups

The following example updates an Auto Scaling group with a newly patched AMI. This approach ensures that new images are automatically made available to different computing environments that use Auto Scaling groups.

The final step of the automation in this example uses a Python function to create a new launch template that uses the newly patched AMI. Then the Auto Scaling group is updated to use the new launch template. In this type of Auto Scaling scenario, users could terminate existing instances in the Auto Scaling group to force a new instance to launch that uses the new image. Or, users could wait and allow scale-in or scale-out events to naturally launch newer instances.

Before you begin

Complete the following tasks before you begin this example.

  • Configure IAM roles for Automation, a capability of Amazon Systems Manager. Systems Manager requires an instance profile role and a service role ARN to process automations. For more information, see Setting up Automation.

Create the PatchAMIAndUpdateASG runbook

Use the following procedure to create the PatchAMIAndUpdateASG runbook that patches the AMI you specify for the SourceAMI parameter. The runbook also updates an Auto Scaling group to use the latest, patched AMI.

To create and run the runbook
  1. Open the Amazon Systems Manager console at https://console.amazonaws.cn/systems-manager/.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Documents.


    If the Amazon Systems Manager home page opens first, choose the menu icon ( 
    The menu icon
  ) to open the navigation pane, and then choose Documents in the navigation pane.

  3. In the Create document dropdown, choose Automation.

  4. In the Name field, enter PatchAMIAndUpdateASG.

  5. Choose the Editor tab, and choose the Edit.

  6. Choose OK when prompted, and delete the content in the Document editor field.

  7. In the Document editor field, paste the following YAML sample runbook content.

    --- description: Systems Manager Automation Demo - Patch AMI and Update ASG schemaVersion: '0.3' assumeRole: '{{ AutomationAssumeRole }}' parameters: AutomationAssumeRole: type: String description: '(Required) The ARN of the role that allows Automation to perform the actions on your behalf. If no role is specified, Systems Manager Automation uses your IAM permissions to execute this document.' default: '' SourceAMI: type: String description: '(Required) The ID of the AMI you want to patch.' SubnetId: type: String description: '(Required) The ID of the subnet where the instance from the SourceAMI parameter is launched.' SecurityGroupIds: type: StringList description: '(Required) The IDs of the security groups to associate with the instance launched from the SourceAMI parameter.' NewAMI: type: String description: '(Optional) The name of of newly patched AMI.' default: 'patchedAMI-{{global:DATE_TIME}}' TargetASG: type: String description: '(Required) The name of the Auto Scaling group you want to update.' InstanceProfile: type: String description: '(Required) The name of the IAM instance profile you want the source instance to use.' SnapshotId: type: String description: (Optional) The snapshot ID to use to retrieve a patch baseline snapshot. default: '' RebootOption: type: String description: '(Optional) Reboot behavior after a patch Install operation. If you choose NoReboot and patches are installed, the instance is marked as non-compliant until a subsequent reboot and scan.' allowedValues: - NoReboot - RebootIfNeeded default: RebootIfNeeded Operation: type: String description: (Optional) The update or configuration to perform on the instance. The system checks if patches specified in the patch baseline are installed on the instance. The install operation installs patches missing from the baseline. allowedValues: - Install - Scan default: Install mainSteps: - name: startInstances action: 'aws:runInstances' timeoutSeconds: 1200 maxAttempts: 1 onFailure: Abort inputs: ImageId: '{{ SourceAMI }}' InstanceType: m5.large MinInstanceCount: 1 MaxInstanceCount: 1 IamInstanceProfileName: '{{ InstanceProfile }}' SubnetId: '{{ SubnetId }}' SecurityGroupIds: '{{ SecurityGroupIds }}' - name: verifyInstanceManaged action: 'aws:waitForAwsResourceProperty' timeoutSeconds: 600 inputs: Service: ssm Api: DescribeInstanceInformation InstanceInformationFilterList: - key: InstanceIds valueSet: - '{{ startInstances.InstanceIds }}' PropertySelector: '$.InstanceInformationList[0].PingStatus' DesiredValues: - Online onFailure: 'step:terminateInstance' - name: installPatches action: 'aws:runCommand' timeoutSeconds: 7200 onFailure: Abort inputs: DocumentName: AWS-RunPatchBaseline Parameters: SnapshotId: '{{SnapshotId}}' RebootOption: '{{RebootOption}}' Operation: '{{Operation}}' InstanceIds: - '{{ startInstances.InstanceIds }}' - name: stopInstance action: 'aws:changeInstanceState' maxAttempts: 1 onFailure: Continue inputs: InstanceIds: - '{{ startInstances.InstanceIds }}' DesiredState: stopped - name: createImage action: 'aws:createImage' maxAttempts: 1 onFailure: Continue inputs: InstanceId: '{{ startInstances.InstanceIds }}' ImageName: '{{ NewAMI }}' NoReboot: false ImageDescription: Patched AMI created by Automation - name: terminateInstance action: 'aws:changeInstanceState' maxAttempts: 1 onFailure: Continue inputs: InstanceIds: - '{{ startInstances.InstanceIds }}' DesiredState: terminated - name: updateASG action: 'aws:executeScript' timeoutSeconds: 300 maxAttempts: 1 onFailure: Abort inputs: Runtime: python3.8 Handler: update_asg InputPayload: TargetASG: '{{TargetASG}}' NewAMI: '{{createImage.ImageId}}' Script: |- from __future__ import print_function import datetime import json import time import boto3 # create auto scaling and ec2 client asg = boto3.client('autoscaling') ec2 = boto3.client('ec2') def update_asg(event, context): print("Received event: " + json.dumps(event, indent=2)) target_asg = event['TargetASG'] new_ami = event['NewAMI'] # get object for the ASG we're going to update, filter by name of target ASG asg_query = asg.describe_auto_scaling_groups(AutoScalingGroupNames=[target_asg]) if 'AutoScalingGroups' not in asg_query or not asg_query['AutoScalingGroups']: return 'No ASG found matching the value you specified.' # gets details of an instance from the ASG that we'll use to model the new launch template after source_instance_id = asg_query.get('AutoScalingGroups')[0]['Instances'][0]['InstanceId'] instance_properties = ec2.describe_instances( InstanceIds=[source_instance_id] ) source_instance = instance_properties['Reservations'][0]['Instances'][0] # create list of security group IDs security_groups = [] for group in source_instance['SecurityGroups']: security_groups.append(group['GroupId']) # create a list of dictionary objects for block device mappings mappings = [] for block in source_instance['BlockDeviceMappings']: volume_query = ec2.describe_volumes( VolumeIds=[block['Ebs']['VolumeId']] ) volume_details = volume_query['Volumes'] device_name = block['DeviceName'] volume_size = volume_details[0]['Size'] volume_type = volume_details[0]['VolumeType'] device = {'DeviceName': device_name, 'Ebs': {'VolumeSize': volume_size, 'VolumeType': volume_type}} mappings.append(device) # create new launch template using details returned from instance in the ASG and specify the newly patched AMI time_stamp = time.time() time_stamp_string = datetime.datetime.fromtimestamp(time_stamp).strftime('%m-%d-%Y_%H-%M-%S') new_template_name = f'{new_ami}_{time_stamp_string}' try: ec2.create_launch_template( LaunchTemplateName=new_template_name, LaunchTemplateData={ 'BlockDeviceMappings': mappings, 'ImageId': new_ami, 'InstanceType': source_instance['InstanceType'], 'IamInstanceProfile': { 'Arn': source_instance['IamInstanceProfile']['Arn'] }, 'KeyName': source_instance['KeyName'], 'SecurityGroupIds': security_groups } ) except Exception as e: return f'Exception caught: {str(e)}' else: # update ASG to use new launch template asg.update_auto_scaling_group( AutoScalingGroupName=target_asg, LaunchTemplate={ 'LaunchTemplateName': new_template_name } ) return f'Updated ASG {target_asg} with new launch template {new_template_name} which uses AMI {new_ami}.' outputs: - createImage.ImageId
  8. Choose Create automation.

  9. In the navigation pane, choose Automation, and then choose Execute automation.

  10. In the Choose document page, choose the Owned by me tab.

  11. Search for the PatchAMIAndUpdateASG runbook, and select the button in the PatchAMIAndUpdateASG card.

  12. Choose Next.

  13. Choose Simple execution.

  14. Specify values for the input parameters. Be sure the SubnetId and SecurityGroupIds you specify allow access to the public Systems Manager endpoints, or your interface endpoints for Systems Manager.

  15. Choose Execute.

  16. After automation completes, in the Amazon EC2 console, choose Auto Scaling, and then choose Launch Templates. Verify that you see the new launch template, and that it uses the new AMI.

  17. Choose Auto Scaling, and then choose Auto Scaling Groups. Verify that the Auto Scaling group uses the new launch template.

  18. Terminate one or more instances in your Auto Scaling group. Replacement instances will be launched using the new AMI.