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Installing in an Amazon Web Services region

Use the procedures on this page to install the Zenoss Cloud Collector virtual appliance as an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance.


To perform these procedures, you need:

  • An Amazon Web Services account with permission to run an m4.xlarge instance in EC2.

  • An Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

  • A named Amazon EC2 key pair.

  • The ID of the Zenoss Cloud Collector AMI to use.

    The image ID varies by region; for more information, please contact your Zenoss Services representative.


To install in an AWS region, first create an instance and then configure the instance.

Creating an instance

Follow these steps:

  1. Log in to AWS and open the EC2 Dashboard page.

  2. Under Create Instance, click Launch Instance.

  3. In the left column of the Step 1 page, click Community AMIs. If any filters are selected, deselect them.

  4. In the search field, enter the ID of the Zenoss Cloud Collector AMI.

    The current AMI IDs for the latest images are:

    Region AMI ID
    eu-west-2 ami-0fcc3cd4a0a6ddece
    eu-central-1 ami-0aa9b89fa73a51d8e
    us-east-1 ami-0b6e9102bb9b1815f
    us-west-1 ami-085a913c88ed37187
    us-west-2 ami-01798c0e933212b4e

    Other AWS regions

    To gain access to a Zenoss Cloud Collector AMI in an AWS region not included in the preceding table, please contact Zenoss Support.


    The name of the image (zenoss-collector) may be different from the one shown in the preceding screenshot. By relying on the ID in the preceding table, you're sure to have the correct, up-to-date image.

  5. Click Select.

  6. On the Step 2 page, select the m4.xlarge instance type (4 CPU, 16GB RAM, EBS storage).

  7. At the bottom of the page, click Next: Configure Instance Details.

  8. On the Step 3 page, configure the instance.

    1. In the networking area, choose the VPC and subnet that contains the devices to monitor.

      A public IP address is not required.

    2. In the Network interfaces section, use the default configuration.

    3. At the bottom of the page, click Next: Add Storage.

  9. At the bottom of the Step 4 page, click Next: Add Tags.

    The default storage of an m4.xlarge instance is sufficient.

  10. Optional: On the Step 5 page, add one or more tags, if desired.

  11. At the bottom of the Step 5 page, click Next: Configure Security Group.

  12. Optional: On the Step 6 page, create or select a security group.

    Add a specific source IP address to the SSH rule, or a range of source IP addresses, if desired.

    At the bottom of the Step 6 page, click Review and Launch.

  13. On the Step 7 page, review the instance details, and then click Launch.

  14. In the key pair dialog box, select a named key pair to use for gaining access to the collector console, and then click Launch Instances.

Configuring a collector instance

Follow these steps:

  1. Log in to AWS and open the Instances page.

  2. Select the instance you created in the previous procedure, and then give it a name.

  3. When the Status Checks column shows 2/2 checks and a green check mark icon, scroll down to the Description area.

  4. Review the networking requirements and edit the security group as required.

    By default, AWS allows all outbound connections.

Next step

Configure the login password and connect to a Collection Zone (Initializing a collector appliance).