AWS GovCloud (US) User Guide
AWS GovCloud (US) User Guide

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Importing Virtual Machines into AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

VM Import/Export enables you to import virtual machine (VM) images from your existing virtualization environment to Amazon EC2, and then export them back. This enables you to migrate applications and workloads to Amazon EC2, copy your VM image catalog to Amazon EC2, or create a repository of VM images for backup and disaster recovery.

With Amazon EC2 VM Import/Export, you can import virtual machine images from your environment to Amazon EC2 instances or as images. This capability is available at no charge beyond standard usage charges for Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3. AWS GovCloud (US) supports all image types (RAW, VHD, VMDK, and OVA) and operating systems listed in the Amazon EC2 VM Import documentation.


The AWS Management Portal for vCenter, which enables you to manage your AWS resources using VMware vCenter, is not compatible with AWS GovCloud (US) Regions.


AWS Server Migration Service is a significant enhancement of Amazon EC2 VM Import/Export. The AWS SMS provides automated, live incremental server replication and AWS Console support. For customers using VM Import/Export for migration, we recommend using AWS Server Migration Service.

ITAR Best Practices

You should never enter ITAR-regulated data in CLI arguments or paths. As a best practice, ITAR-regulated data should be encrypted and placed in partitions other than root and boot. If you have questions, contact us.

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