Creating Elasticsearch Domain did not stabilize – can’t create AWS Elasticsearch 5.1 with CloudFormation

elasticsearchRecently AWS announced support for Elasticsearch 5.1 in their Elasticsearch Service. Today, I tried to upgrade an existing CloudFormation stack, previously using Elasticsearch 2.3, to the new version and, after a very long wait, CloudFormation rolled back the stack with the following error: “Creating Elasticsearch Domain did not stabilize“. Here’s what I did to solve it.

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