Starting an AWS Instance

Open the AWS management console

Click services EC2

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click EC2

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From the EC2 Dashboard click Launch Instance

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Choose whatever Linux instance type you want. I usually use Amazon Linux or Ubuntu for this demo I use Amazon Linux it works well enough for this purpose.

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Select an instance type I usually choose the M3 medium but if you are new to AWS you can run a t2 micro  for a year for free so if this applies to you. You may as well use it.

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click next to configure instance details

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Be sure to select enable under Auto-assign Public IP and click next to Add Storage

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click Next Tag Instance

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Optionally you can create a tag. This is good if you have multiple instances and you want to keep track of what is what.

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For the configure Security Group page it is a good idea to change source to My IP if you have a static IP address. It is also a good idea to name the security group something meaningful. If you are doing this for the first time choose Create a new security group otherwise you may want to use and existing one.

Click review and launch

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You will most likely see this pop up the first time you do this click next and use the default. Magnetic drives are slower.

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Select your existing key pair if have not created one already there is an option to create a new key pair. Acknowledge that you have access to the key pair and click launch instance

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Click view instances

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Wait until Status Checks changes to 2/2 checks before trying to connect. You may need to press refresh to see that it changes and this does take a few minutes

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when you see the green tick 2/2 checks you can connect to the instance.