Description of the metadata API

Tilaa has implemented an Amazon EC2 compatible metadata service. Just like Amazon EC2, it's running at http://169.254.169.254/

The metadata service is most commonly used to bootstrap servers at first boot using a tool like cloud-init or cloud-config. You can query the metadata service from your VPS, for example using curl commands:

$ curl http://169.254.169.254/latest/meta-data/instance-id
50977499-7c1c-477e-957f-0ecb2e1327bf

 

Tools which can consume information from the Amazon EC2 metadata service are compatible with the Tilaa platform. For example, the puppet tool 'facter', which gathers system information to assist in configuration management, also supports our metadata service out of the box:

$ facter ec2_instance_id
50977499-7c1c-477e-957f-0ecb2e1327bf

 

 

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