NEMS Linux Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

The NEMS Linux Amazon Machine Image is available in the Amazon EC2 Community AMIs marketplace. Simply search for NEMS Linux when launching your instance.

Important Note

Your being here means you are an early adopter of NEMS Linux on Amazon Web Services. During this early testing phase, it is available through the community marketplace. However, once NEMS has been tried-and-true, it will be moving into the Amazon Marketplace. This means it will inevitably fall under Amazon’s fee structure. For now, it’s as free as Amazon allows me to make it.


The NEMS Linux AMI is found under Community AMIs on the following AWS Service Endpoints. If you wish to deploy on a different AWS Service Endpoint and are a current Patron supporting the project on Patreon, please let me know and I will copy the AMI to your preferred region. Since this costs me extra money to do, I only do it by request, and only for those who contribute to the project.

NEMS 1.6 AMI Build 1

  • North Virginia (us-east-1) ami-0e5001643e1929a55

NEMS 1.5 AMI Build 1

This is a legacy version and should not be used.

  • North Virginia (us-east-1) ami-03480e018178d1c75

  • Ireland (eu-west-1) ami-07d0a43c2844ae01c


The NEMS Linux AMI leverages Amazon’s T2 instance types, dramatically reducing the cost of running a NEMS Server in the Cloud by bursting to full core performance only when required. T2 instances are also available to use in the AWS Free Tier, which includes 750 hours of t2.micro instances each month for one year for new AWS customers.

The NEMS Linux AMI is an amd64 build.

AWS Requirements

The NEMS Linux AMI requires the following:

  • If monitoring 1-20 hosts: t2.micro or higher EC2 instance

  • If monitoring more than 20 hosts: t2.medium or higher EC2 instance

  • An elastic IP address

  • Volume is 16 GB by default and may need to be increased in time

Deployment Notes

  • Important: Before booting, you must configure an elastic IP address for your NEMS Linux instance. Failure to do this will break several key features, including NEMS Cloud Services, NEMS CheckIn, and your daily backup.

  • To access NEMS Linux remotely, you will need to configure your Security Group for the NEMS Linux instance to allow incoming connections on the NEMS Linux ports (See Networking for more info). It is recommended to make these accessible only from your trusted IP address(es).

  • NEMS Linux allows you to use either username/password combinations or username/key pair combinations to login via SSH. As this could pose a security issue, please ensure only your own IP address has access to NEMS Linux ports (in your EC2 Security Group configuration for the instance).


  • If you run nems-init on a NEMS Server that has already been initialized, the server’s public key and all trust relationships will be transferred to the new user prior to the old user being purged.