AWS Dev-to-Production Build Process

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http://serverfault.com – I'm a developer, so not nearly as experienced as I would like to be with server administration. Essentially, I am trying to figure out how to create a base image (AMI) that can be used in development, testing, staging, and production. DEVELOPMENT My thoughts thus far have been using Packer to create an AMI, but also export it as a Vagrant box. Then for development we should be able to easily vagrant up into the same type of environment as production uses. I've been testing this and so far am unable to build an EC2 instance successfully thanks to weird SSH issues...but that is a topic for ano (HowTos)