Can we get similar results with AWS tools alone? Indeed, we can!
In December of 2016, at the re:Invent, AWS announced a slew of interesting new features for their Amazon EC2 Systems Manager (a.k.a. SSM). The initial documentation and tutorials were sparse, so their capabilities weren't immediately clear. One of these new features, Automation, offers functionality similar to Packer, so I decided to learn more about it by applying to my simple use case.