AWS EC2 Windows – Adding a Volume without Restart

When I create Windows Instances in AWS EC2, I usually forget to add a drive or two. With this step-by-step tutorial, I will walk you through how to create a new Volume for EC2 Instances, then make Windows use the new Volume without a reboot.

  • Initial Setup
  • Creating and Attaching the Volume in AWS EC2 Console
  • Adding the new Volume to Windows System

Initial Setup

I launched a EC2 Windows 2016 Server with only 1 Block Device (/dev/sda1), which is also my Root Device.

AWS EC2 Console

Note the Availability Zone where your instance is located, you will need this later. Mine is in us-east-1a.

Looking inside Windows it only has 1 volume.

File Explorer
Disk Management

Creating and Attaching the Volume in AWS EC2 Console

Now we need to attach a new Volume for our Windows Server.

Go to AWS EC2 Console, on the left sidebar click on Volumes.

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How to Unsubscribe to a Software Service in AWS Marketplace

When I was trying to learn about OpenVPN on AWS, I subscribed to OpenVPN Access Server (50 Connected Devices) on AWS Marketplace. My learning became expensive since I would have to pay $0.3/hour of OpenVPN AMI Usage on top of the EC2 Instance pricing that I needed to pay.

I actually left the OpenVPN Instance running for around 3 days and I definitely paid the price.

Since then I learned that there is actually an OpenVPN subscription that is covered by Free Tier. Now I need to stop subscription on OpenVPN Access Server (50 Connected Devices) in AWS Marketplace.

Steps to Cancel Subscription on AWS Marketplace

Go to AWS Marketplace Homepage – https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace.

Sign in if you have not signed in yet to your AWS Account.

On the upper right corner you will see your AWS Account Name. Hover your mouse there and click on Your Marketplace Software.

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ESP8266 WebServer WiFi Access – Quick Setup

We will setup the ESP8266 to connect to your WiFi Network and then communicate with your computer over WiFi.

The goal is to setup the ESP8266 as a Web Server and for it to generate a random number that it will send via WiFi to a web browser.

Hardware

You will only need the following for this tutorial.

  • Adafruit Feather Huzzah with ESP8266
  • microUSB cable

You do not need to solder the pins of the Adafruit Feather HUZZAH ESP8266 since we will not wire anything to it.

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