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In the AWS Management Console if you select 'Reserved Instances' under your instance options on the left, you should be able to select the Esri AMI and start your instance.
Are you able to see the AMI?
No it's not that straight forward.
It's really 2 seperate steps (at least from my experience the last couple days).
What I've learned now is that you first purchase you "Reserved Instance". (Make sure you pick exactly what you need cause there's no refund etc.)
When you do, there's no esri AMI to select or search or run.
You just purchase and start your reserved instance. ($910 for a 1 yr reserved instance using ESRI's recommended Large size).
The second step is to then create an instance by clicking on the "Instances" link above the Reserved Instance link, and then follow the standard ESRI steps of searching for the esri AMI, etc...the video in the ESRI.com Amazon Resource Centre was really excellent to walk methrough this.
IMPORTANT - The key bit, is that you need to set up your reserved instance and the instance you create in step 2 above to use the same Region, type, and operating system (Windows). When you do this, your ESRI instance you create automatically falls under your Reserved Instance you created first, and you get the reduced hourly price rate.
Hope this helps any others trying to get set up under a reserved instance model.
The important thing to keep in mind is that creating a "reserved" instance is no different than creating an "on-demand" instance from your perspective. Reserved/On-Demand are simply Amazon terms for billing. If you purchased a reserved instance then any hours billed will be applied to that account under the reserved pricing. So, there's no process to create a "reserved" instance, per se. Just create a new instance of the same type that you specified when purchasing the reserved instance. For example, if you have an on-demand instance currently running, you can transform that into a reserved instance just by purchasing the reserved instance. You don't actually do anything from your side...it's all billing. Make sense?